"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.
The theory of accommodation is concerned with motivations underlying and
consequences arising from ways in which we adapt our language and
communication patterns toward others. Since accommodation theory’s
emergence in the early l970s, it has attracted empirical attention across
many disciplines and has been elaborated and expanded many times. In
Contexts of Accommodation, accommodation theory is presented as a basis for
sociolinguistic explanation, and it is the applied perspective that
predominates this edited collection. The book seeks to demonstrate how the
core concepts and relationships invoked by accommodation theory are
available for addressing altogether pragmatic concerns. Accommodative
processes can, for example, facilitate or impede language learners’
proficiency in a second language as well as immigrants’ acceptance into
certain host communities; affect audience ratings and thereby the life of a
television program; affect reaction to defendants in court and hence the
nature of the judicial outcome; and be an enabling or detrimental force in
allowing handicapped people to fulfil their communicative potential.
Contexts of Accommodation will appeal to researchers and advanced students
in language and communication sciences, as well as to sociolinguists,
anthropologists, sociologists and psychologists.