"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.
This volume brings together for the first time pragmatic, rhetorical, and
literary perspectives on genre, mapping theoretical frontiers and
initiating a long overdue conversation amongst these methodologies. The
diverse approaches represented in this volume meet on common ground staked
by Internet communication: an arena challenging to traditional ideas of
genre which assume a conventional stability at odds with the unceasing
innovations of online discourse. Drawing on and developing new ideas of
genre, the research reported in this volume shows, on the contrary, that
genre study is a powerful means of testing commonplaces about the Internet
world and, in turn, that the Internet is a fertile field for theorising genre.