"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 is a selection of current state of the art work on argumentation theory.
The collection provides a balanced view of theoretical issues in
A wide variety of approaches and perspectives are represented.
Pondering on Problems of Argumentation is a collection of twenty essays
brought together for anyone who is interested in theoretical issues in the
study of argumentation. This collection of papers gives the reader an
insightful and balanced view of the kind of theoretical issues
argumentation theorists are currently concerned with. Because most of the
perspectives on argumentation that are en vogue are represented, this
volume provides a multidisciplinary and even interdisciplinary outlook on
the current state of affairs in argumentation theory. Some of the
contributions in Pondering on Problems of Argumentation deal with problems
of argumentation that have been recognized as theoretical issues for a
considerable time, like the problems of fallaciousness and identifying
argumentation structures. Other contributions discuss issues that have
become a focus of attention only recently or regained their prominence,
such as the relationship between dialectic and rhetoric, and the strategic
use of the argumentative technique of dissociation. In five separate
sections papers are included dealing with argumentative strategies,
problems of norms of reasonableness and fallaciousness, types of argument
and argument schemes the structure of argumentation and rules for advocacy