"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.
Gender and Language Research Methodologies draws together for the first
time the main current methodological approaches to the study of language
and gender. These include sociolinguistics and ethnography, corpus
linguistics, conversation analysis, discursive psychology, critical
discourse analysis, feminist post-structuralist discourse analysis and
queer theory. Each ‘approach’ is introduced by one of its key proponents in
the field (including Ruth Wodak on CDA, Celia Kitzinger on conversation
analysis and Judith Baxter on feminist post-structuralist discourse
analysis), and this is followed by chapters illustrating uses of the
approach. Readers (including postgraduate researchers) are thus able to
consider which approach may be relevant to a given research project. They
are also encouraged to consider the important question of the combination
of approaches: which approaches are (and are not) compatible. In sum, this
book explicitly addresses and constructively problematises what in many
monographs and edited collections is left implicit and unquestioned.