"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more
To find some answers Tim Machan explores the language's present and past, and looks ahead to its futures among the one and a half billion people who speak it. His search is fascinating and important, for definitions of English have influenced education and law in many countries and helped shape the identities of those who live in them.
This volume provides a new perspective on the evolution of the special language of medicine, based on the electronic corpus of Early Modern English Medical Texts, containing over two million words of medical writing from 1500 to 1700.
This ground-breaking study takes up the issue of men’s experiences of
depression. It argues that a discourse analytic focus upon the experience
of mental illness offers insights important not only to social scientists
but also to mental health scholars and practitioners. The micro-analytic
examination of discursively constructed experience of depression shows a
complex and uneasy relationship between the illness and those who are ill,
indicating that experience of mental illness escapes attempts to describe
it by means of a few, quite ambivalent diagnostic criteria. The challenge
to the mainstream views of depression comes, Galasiński argues, from the
inevitable anchoring of depression experience in the dominant model of
masculinity. This challenge is embedded within a larger discussion of a
hiatus between the dominant ideologies of depression, stipulating its
universality, with how it is experienced by individual men. Galasiński
finishes with a postulate including the focus on the discursive form of how
mentally ill people account for their experiences and thus on their
suffering, rather than the ‘symptoms’ they display.