"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.
Language is a means we use to communicate feelings; we also reflect
emotionally on the language we and others use. James Wilce analyses the
signals people use to express emotion, looking at the social, cultural and
political functions of emotional language around the world. The book
demonstrates that speaking, feeling, reflecting, and identifying are
interrelated processes and shows how desire or shame are attached to
language. Drawing on nearly one hundred ethnographic case studies, it
demonstrates the cultural diversity, historical emergence, and political
significance of emotional language. Wilce brings together insights from
linguistics and anthropology to survey an extremely broad range of genres,
cultural concepts, and social functions of emotional expression.
Studies in the Social and Cultural Foundations of Language
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