"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.
Note: This is the paperback edition of a previously announced title.
This is the first book to focus entirely on the analysis of sign language
poetry. Richly illustrated with images taken from poetry performances, the
book draws mainly on the work of Dorothy Miles in both British and American
Sign languages, but the analytical tools developed here are also used in
examining recent work by Paul Scott and other sign language poets,
exploring the elements of text and performance that can inform and
challenge our understanding of poetry more generally. Topics covered
include the use of repetition and symmetry, the importance of visual
neologisms for aesthetic effect and the creation of metaphor and ambiguity.
With an Afterword by Paddy Ladd, the critical analysis of the poetry is set
within the framework of an appreciation of Deaf culture and Deaf communities.