"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.
English as an Additional Language in Research Publication and Communication
Linguistic Insights. Studies in Language and Communication. Vol. 61
This book brings together a collection of selected empirical studies by
researchers and English for Academic Purposes professionals working with
scholars who use English as an additional language and who face barriers to
publication when communicating the results of their research in the
international context. The contributions have their origins in papers and
workshops presented at the conference «Publishing and Presenting Research
Internationally: Issues for Speakers of English as an Additional Language»
(PRISEAL), which took place at the University of La Laguna (Spain) from 11
to 13 January 2007. The various issues which are addressed in this volume
are grouped into three main themes: 1. Descriptive studies of linguistic
and rhetorical features of written and spoken academic genres. 2.
Contrastive studies of academic discourse with a focus on rhetorical
preferences of members of scientific communities across cultures,
disciplines and genres. 3. Studies which evaluate English for Academic
Purposes courses and materials in terms of how successfully they develop
the scholar's ability to communicate more effectively in English.
Sally Burgess/Pedro Martín-Martín: Introduction - Inmaculada
Fortanet-Gómez: Strategies for Teaching and Learning an Occluded Genre: The
RA Referee Report - Zifirdaus Adnan: Discourse Structure of Indonesian
Research Article Introductions in Selected Hard Sciences - Enrique Lafuente
Millán: Epistemic and Approximative Meaning Revisited: The Use of Hedges,
Boosters and Approximators When Writing Research in Different Disciplines -
Andrzej Lyda/Krystyna Warchal: Modality and the Move Structure in
Concession in Academic Spoken English - Rosa Lorés Sanz: Genres in
Contrast: The Exploration of Writers' Visibility in Research Articles and
Research Article Abstracts - Elma Kerz: The Cognitive and Pragmatic
Motivations for the Use of Nominalizations in Academic Texts - Isabel K.
León/Lourdes Divasson: Shared Knowledge in the Biomedical Research Paper: A
Grammatico-Rhetorical Study of the Nominal Prefield - Marek Bielski/Joanna
Bielska: Analysing Medical Language: A Study of Polish/English Abstract
Translations - Dimitra Vladimirou: Pronominal Reference in Linguists'
Writings: Exploring the English-Speaking and the Greek-Speaking Academic
Communities - Pilar Mur Dueñas: Analysing Engagement Markers
Cross-Culturally: The Case of English and Spanish Business Management
Research Articles - Maryelis Pabón Berbesí/Carmen L. Domínguez: Structure
and Function of the Nominal Group in English and Spanish in Academic Texts
- Teresa Morell Moll: A Presentation Course Design for Academics of English
as an Additional Language: A Multimodal Approach.