"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.
Early Modern English News Discourse
Newspapers, pamphlets and scientific news discourse
In Early Modern Britain, new publication channels were developed and new
textual genres established themselves. News discourse became increasingly
more important and reached wider audiences, with pamphlets as the first
real mass media. Newspapers appeared, first on a weekly and then on a daily
basis. And scientific news discourse in the form of letters exchanged
between fellow scholars turned into academic journals. The papers in this
volume provide state-of-the art analyses of these developments.
The first part of the volume contains studies of early newspapers that
range from reports of crime and punishment to want ads, and from traces of
religious language in early newspapers to the use of imperatives. The
second part is devoted to pamphlets and provides detailed analyses of news
reporting and of impoliteness strategies. The last section is devoted to
scientific news discourse and traces the early publication formats in their