"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.
The Development of Controversies
From the Early Modern Period to Online Discussion Forums
Linguistic Insights. Studies in Language and Communication, Band 91.
Has the internet changed the nature of conducting controversies? This
question cannot be answered easily as different forms of human interaction
in an online environment exist and controversies in an online environment
have not been analyzed from a linguistic point of view so far. On the other
hand, there are many linguistic analyses of controversies in the Early
Modern Period. First, this volume describes the communicative background of
two online discussion forums dedicated to the study of historical arms and
armor. Then, the volume analyzes the similarities and differences between
Early Modern controversies and controversies in online internet discussion
forums. Further, this book offers an accurate analysis of the strategies
used in online discussion forums, analyzing two controversial threads taken
from two online discussion forums and provides insights into the individual
tactics and strategies applied in online controversies and highlights the
similarities and differences of applied principles, norms, and rules. The
book finally comments on stylistic choices used by participants in the
Socio-cultural context of the forums - Conflicts and controversies in
theory and practice - The République des Lettres and Pamphlets -
Communication principles from Early Modern Controversies to Electronic
communication - Individual moves and strategies: From the République des
Lettres to online discussion forums - Individual moves and strategies in
online discussion forums - Stylistic choices in controversies.