"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.
Cross-Linguistic and Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Academic Discourse
The goal of this volume is to examine academic discourse (AD) from
cross-linguistic and cross-cultural perspectives. The adjective
Cross-cultural in the volume title is not just limited to national
contexts but also includes a cross-disciplinary perspective. Twelve
scientific fields are under scrutiny in the articles. One of the unique
aspects of the volume is the inclusion of a variety of foreign languages
(English (as a lingua franca), Spanish, French, Swedish, Russian, German,
Italian, and Norwegian). Besides, in several articles dealing with oral AD,
comparisons and parallels are also established with written AD. The
research methodologies used in the studies are varied and they offer an
overview of the diversity and richness of approaches to AD. All in all, it
is hoped that the volume appeals not only to young researchers but also to
confirmed scholars interested in cross-linguistic and cross-cultural
aspects of AD. It will also be of interest to language teachers or teachers
who are involved with e.g. international students and academic mobility.