"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.
Meaning in the Media addresses the issue of how we should respond to
competing claims about meaning put forward in confrontations between people
or organisations in highly charged circumstances such as bitter public
controversies and expensive legal disputes. Alan Durant draws attention to
the pervasiveness and significance of such meaning-related disputes in the
media, investigating how their ‘meaning’ dimension is best described and
explained. Through his analysis of deception, distortion, bias, false
advertising, offensiveness and other kinds of communicative behaviour that
trigger interpretive disputes, Durant shows that we can understand both
meaning and media better if we focus in new ways on moments in discourse
when the apparently continuous flow of understanding and agreement breaks
down. This lively and contemporary volume will be invaluable to students
and teachers of linguistics, media studies, journalism and law.