"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.
‘Conversation analysis’ is an approach to the study of social interaction
that focuses on practices of speaking that recur across a range of contexts
and settings. The early studies in this tradition were based on the
analysis of English conversation. More recently, however, conversation
analysts have begun to study talk in a broader range of communities around
the world. Through detailed analyses of recorded conversations, this book
examines differences and similarities across a wide range of languages
including Finnish, Japanese, Tzeltal Mayan, Russian, and Mandarin. Bringing
together interrelated methodological and analytic contributions, it
explores topics such as the role of gaze in question-and-answer sequences,
the organization of repair, and the design of responses to assessments. The
emerging comparative perspective demonstrates how the structure of talk is
inflected by the local circumstances within which it operates.