"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.
Linguistic Insights. Studies in Language and Communication. Vol. 82
How teachers and students work together through discourse to construct
their understanding of the context they live and work in will influence, in
many different ways, the interaction within their classrooms. This book
describes an in-depth research that used ethnomethodology and conversation
analysis to study three different groups of teachers. The study highlights
the teachers' perspectives concerning heterogeneity in the classroom, using
recordings of discussions concerning cultural and linguistic diversity.
Moreover, this research examines the discourse participants' choice in the
use (deployment) of categorical descriptions and reveals the speaker as
positioned, interested and accountable for meaning construction. Thus,
«portraits» of differing pre-service and in-service teachers' orientation
towards linguistic and cultural diversity are analysed. By recognising
these categorizations as partially bounded by previous knowledge and
partially constructed in situ, the research sees meaning-making by teachers
as a part of their lived work of teaching. It also reveals the social
nature of these categorizations because they are an inseparable element of
the socially constituted fabric of language in the environment of schooling
Meaning Category Analysis - Conversation Analysis - Categorisation -
Linguistic and Cultural Diversity.