"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.
Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture 4
Human beings are political animals.
They are also articulate mammals.
How are these two aspects linked?
This is a question that is only beginning to be explored. The present collection makes a contribution to the investigations into the use of language in those situations which, informally and intuitively, we call ‘political’. Such an approach is revealing not only for politics itself but also for the human language capacity.
Each chapter outlines a particular method or analytic approach and illustrates its application to a contemporary political issue, institution or mode of political behaviour. As a whole, the collection aims to give a sample of current research in the field. It will interest those who are beginning to carry the research paradigm forward, as well as provide an introduction for newcomers, whether they come from neighbouring or remote disciplines or from none.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 . Introduction: Themes and Principles in the Analysis of Political Discourse
Paul Chilton and Christina Schäffner
Part I: Institutions and Identities
Chapter 2. Politicization and Depoliticization: Employment Policy in the European Union
Chapter 3. Phraseological Units in Parliamentary Discourse
Chapter 4. Ceremonial Text and Talk: A Functional-Pragmatic Approach
Chapter 5. Fragmented Identities: Redefining and Recontextualizing National Identity
Part II. Interaction and cognition
Chapter 6. ‘Put Bluntly, You Have Something of a Credibility Problem’: Sincerity and Credibility in Political Interviews
Chapter 7. Political Discourse and Political Cognition
Teun A. van Dijk