"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.
This accessible satellite textbook in the Routledge Intertext series is unique in offering students hands-on practical experience of textual analysis focused on new communication technologies. Written in a clear, user-friendly style by an experienced writer and teacher, it combines practical activities with texts, followed by commentaries. It can be used individually or in conjunction with the series core textbook, 'Working with Texts: A core book for language analysis'. 'The Language of ICT': * explores the nature of the electronic word and presents the new types of text in which it is found * examines the impact of rapid technological change * analyses different texts, including email and answerphone messages, webpages, faxes, computer games and articles about IT * provides detailed guidance on downloading material from the web, gives URLs to visit, and includes a dedicated webpage * includes a comprehensive glossary of terms.