"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.
Using Corpora to Learn about Language and Discourse
Linguistic Insights. Studies in Language and Communication. Vol. 66
Considerable progress has been made in the use of corpora for research
purposes to describe language in use, and more recently, through a CADS
(corpus assisted discourse studies) approach, to identify the discourse
features of specific text genres. While the potential benefits of working
with corpora in the classroom have been recognised, there has been a lag in
the promulgation of guidelines for carrying out meaningful corpus work with
language learners and teachers in mind. The papers in this volume aim to
make a contribution toward filling that gap by providing an in-depth
account of innovative corpus work, most of which has actually been carried
out with real learners in the classroom. Authors provide valuable insights
into ways of structuring corpus work for specific target learners, as well
as suggestions for resolving problematic issues that have arisen and
avoiding errors that have been made with learners and in their own research
and experimentation. The transparency and honesty with which they present
their methodology and results, along with the successful techniques they
have developed, constitute a step forward in defining good (and bad)
practice in the use of corpora in learning.
Linda Lombardo: Introduction: Establishing Guidelines for the Use of
Corpora as Resources for Learners (and their Teachers) - Laura Gavioli:
Corpus Analysis and the Achievement of Learner Autonomy in Interaction -
Paul Baker: Issues Arising When Teaching Corpus-assisted (Critical)
Discourse Analysis - Michaela Mahlberg: Patterns in News Stories: A Corpus
Approach to Teaching Discourse Analysis - Giulia Riccio/Marco Venuti:
Discovering Patterns and Discourse Strategies: CADS in an ESP Course for
International Relations Students - Guy Aston: Using BNC-XML in the
Classroom - Maria Teresa Prat Zagrebelsky: Computer Learner Corpora: Their
Use in Research and in Teaching and Learning.