"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.
Interactive Dialogue Sequences in Middle English Drama
This book looks at mediaeval English drama using the theoretical frameworks
of historical sociopragmatics and dialogue analysis. It focuses on the
collection of cycle plays known as the N.TownPlays,
preserved in a manuscript from the fifteenth century. The book examines
various linguistic markers that are important for the expression of social
relations and pragmatic stance: pronouns and terms of address, modal
markers, performatives, and sequential structures such as question-answer,
imperative-compliance, etc. These elements are examined separately and then
brought together to arrive at a more integrated analysis of dramatic
dialogue and of the dynamics of interaction it portrays. A separate chapter
is devoted to tracing the same mechanisms on a different communication
level, i.e. in 'dialogue' with the audience, which is particularly relevant
to the instructional purposes of the plays. The book will be useful to
students and scholars of pragmatics, historical linguistics,
dialogue studies and drama studies.