"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.
Social Roles and Language Practices in Late Modern English
This volume presents a ground-breaking overview of the interconnections
between socio-cultural reality and language practices, by looking at the
different ways in which social roles are performed, maintained, adopted and
assigned through linguistic means. The introductory chapter discusses and
evaluates different theoretical approaches to the question, and the eight
articles by leading scholars in the field offer a multiplicity of
methodological and theoretical approaches to the description and
interpretation of social roles as expressed in a variety of texts from the
eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. While the specific period covered is
Late Modern English, the theoretical insights offered will be of interest
to any linguist interested in sociolinguistics, pragmatics and the history
of English, as well as scholars in the social sciences and social history
interested in the concept and realisation of roles.