"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 book.
Laughter in Interaction is an illuminating and lively account of how and
why people laugh during conversation. Bringing together twenty-five years
of research on the sequential organisation of laughter in everyday talk,
Glenn analyses recordings and transcripts to show the finely detailed
co-ordination of human laughter. He demonstrates that its production and
placement, relative to talk and other activities, reveal much about its
emergent meaning and accomplishments. The book shows how the participants
in a conversation move from a single laugh to laughing together, how the
matter of ‘who laughs first’ implicates orientation to social activities
and how interactants work out whether laughs are more affiliative or
hostile. The final chapter examines the contribution of laughter to
sequences of conversational intimacy and play and to the invocation of
gender. Engaging and original, the book shows how this seemingly
insignificant part of human communication turns out to play a highly
significant role in how people display, respond to and revise identities