"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.
Doctors, nurses, and other caregivers often know what people with
Alzheimer's disease or Asperger's ‘sound like’ - that is they recognise
patterns in people's discourse, from sounds and silences, to words,
sentences and story structures. Such discourse patterns may inform their
clinical judgements and affect the decisions they make. However, this
knowledge is often tacit, like recognising a regional accent without
knowing how to describe its features. This is the first book to present
models for comprehensively describing discourse specifically in clinical
contexts and to illustrate models with detailed analyses of discourse
patterns associated with degenerative (Alzheimer's) and developmental
(autism spectrum) disorders. The book is aimed not only at advanced
students and researchers in linguistics, discourse analysis, speech
pathology and clinical psychology but also at researchers, clinicians and
caregivers for whom explicit knowledge of discourse patterns might be helpful.