"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.
This book explores a virtually untapped, yet fascinating research area:
television dialogue. It reports on a study comparing the language of the
American situation comedy Friends to natural conversation.
Transcripts of the television show and the American English conversation
portion of the Longman Grammar Corpus provide the data for this
corpus-based investigation, which combines Douglas Biber’s multidimensional
methodology with a frequency-based analysis of close to 100 linguistic
features. As a natural offshoot of the research design, this study offers a
comprehensive description of the most common linguistic features
characterizing natural conversation. Illustrated with numerous dialogue
extracts from Friends and conversation, topics such as vague,
emotional, and informal language are discussed. This book will be an
important resource not only for researchers and students specializing in
discourse analysis, register variation, and corpus linguistics, but also
anyone interested in conversational language and television dialogue.