"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.
Editor's Note: This is a new version of a previously announced book.
Gender and Politeness challenges the notion that women are necessarily
always more polite than men as much of the language and gender literature
claims. Sara Mills discusses the complex relations between gender and
politeness and argues that although there are circumstances when women
speakers, drawing on stereotypes of femininity to guide their behaviour,
will appear to be acting in a more polite way than men, there are many
circumstances where women will act just as impolitely as men. The book aims
to show that politeness and impoliteness are in essence judgements about
another’s interventions in an interaction and about that person as whole,
and are not simple classifications of particular types of speech. Drawing
on the notion of community of practice Mills examines the way that speakers
negotiate with what they perceive to be gendered stereotypes circulating
within their particular group.