"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.
Ethnographic fieldwork is something which is often presented as mysterious
and inexplicable. How do we know certain things after having done
fieldwork? Are we sure we know? And what exactly do we know? This book
describes ethnographic fieldwork as the gradual accumulation of knowledge
about something you don't know much about. We start from ignorance and
gradually move towards knowledge, on the basis of practices for which we
have theoretical and methodological motivations. Jan Blommaert and Dong Jie
draw on their own experiences as fieldworkers in explaining the
complexities of ethnographic fieldwork as a knowledge trajectory. They do
so in an easily accessible way that makes these complexities easier to
understand and to
handle before, during and after fieldwork.