"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.
Corpus-Assisted Discourse Studies on the Iraq Conflict
This volume seeks to illustrate the fundamental role of language in
political action, focusing on the war in Iraq. It combines quantitative
methods, based on a sophisticated modular corpus that was queried through
special software with the aim of identifying regularly occurring lexical
and semantic patterns, with classical discourse analysis, which seeks to
investigate naturally occurring language in the context in which it is
produced. Interpreting the field of politics quite widely, to include news
reporting and a quasi-judicial inquiry into the behavior of politicians and
journalists, discourses in the USA and the UK are considered. The central
purpose of the volume is to gain insights not just into language, and the
ways in which we can investigate it through a corpus, but also into the
ways in which political action is realized through discourse.