"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.
Narrative analyses routinely investigate autobiographical and interview
data. This book examines narratives-in-interaction co-constructed by
participants in formal mediation sessions, by asking how many of the five
cases in the videotaped data display the adversarial narrative pattern
pervasive within the interpersonal conflict literature, and secondly what
other narrative patterns may be present, and how do they work? Focusing
simultaneously at the utterance level and the macro-levels present within
the larger dispute context, this book reveals situated communicative
practices by which interlocutors interactively construct, resist,
reproduce, and intertextually transform adversarial narratives to produce
outcomes consonant with their underlying interests. In contrast to the
dramaturgical model traditionally used in narrative research, this book
illuminates the emergent, microgenetic character of narrative development.