"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.
Essays on literary mediation and communication in honour of Roger D. Sell
Since the 1980s, Roger D. Sell’s literary criticism has striven to take
account of the (often conflicting) approaches available without
compromising the human importance of the literary work: either in terms of
its creation or its reception. Sell’s theory of literature draws strength
from the interface between literary studies and linguistics and is grounded
on the argument that literary making is a primary communicational act
between human beings. Other critics have found Sell’s work inspirational.
This book both responds to Sell’s ideas and demonstrates the multifaceted
potential of his work. Aware of his trajectory through Literary-Pragmatic,
‘Humanizing’ and ‘Mediating’ criticism, Humane Readings offers a
series of original and focused studies which demonstrate the power,
provenance and importance of Sell’s approach. Ranging in subject matter
from the Early Modern Period to the present, a reconfiguration of literary
criticism by contemporary readers and practitioners is urged here. Case
studies are presented on a range of poetic, novelistic, dramatic and
children’s works. Each illuminates different aspects of Sell’s critical