"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.
European University Studies. Series 21: Linguistics. Vol. 317
Even though metadiscourse has recently received considerable attention,
most research revolves around written, not spoken, metadiscourse. This book
studies spoken metadiscourse in two academic genres in the engineering
field, the lecture and the peer seminar. It examines what motivates
metadiscourse and how engineering academics resort to different types of
metadiscourse when they address different audiences. Based on relevance
theory (RT), this study provides a socio-cognitive framework within which
metadiscourse is analysed. The author draws on RT's generic concept of
cognitive environment and uses it to describe the academic context in
particular. This theoretical perspective provides novel insights into
motivations, abilities and preferences of engineering academics when using
metadiscourse in the two genres under study.
Exploring discourse - Exploring metadiscourse - The scientific community:
situating cognition - Two forms of communication in the academia: Analysis
of lectures and peer seminars from a socio-cognitive approach - An RT
interpretation of metadiscourse: A qualitative and a quantitative analysis.