"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.
In our modern society with its increasing differentiation in culture and
media, language and speech are also confronted with new demands and
contexts for their use. In the new media, text and image become
increasingly closely interwoven, and what were traditionally thought to be
firm boundaries between the material forms of language - between speech and
writing - appear as increasingly fluid. The volume deals with the diversity
of manifestations of our language and its intermedial relations with other
forms of communication, including images, body language, sounds, and music.