"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.
Academic and Professional Discourse Genres in Spanish
This volume offers a description and a deep examination of discourse genres
across four disciplines (Psychology, Social Work, Industrial Chemistry, and
Construction Engineering), in academic and professional settings. The study
is based on one of the largest available corpus on disciplinary written
discourse in Spanish (PUCV-2006 Corpus of Spanish containing almost 60
million words). Twelve chapters range from the theoretical guiding
principles of the research in terms of genre conception, the detailed
description of each corpus (academic and professional), computational
analysis from multi-dimensional perspectives, and the qualitative analysis
of two specialized genres (University Textbook and Disciplinary Text) in
terms of their rhetorical macro-moves and moves. Theoretically speaking, a
multi-dimensional perspective (social, linguistic and cognitive) is
emphasized and special attention to the cognitive nature of discourse
genres is supported.