"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.
Written by a former news reporter and editor, News Talk gives us an
insider's view of the media, showing how journalists select and construct
their news stories. Colleen Cotter goes behind the scenes, revealing how
language is chosen and shaped by news staff into the stories we read and
hear. Tracing news stories from start to finish, she shows how the actions
of journalists and editors - and the limitations of news writing formulas -
may distort a story that was prepared with the most determined effort to be
fair and accurate. Using insights from both linguistics and journalism,
News Talk is a remarkable picture of a hidden world and its working
practices on both sides of the Atlantic. It will interest those involved in
language study, media and communication studies and those who want to
understand how media shape our language and our view of the world.