"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.
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This volume offers interdisciplinary perspectives on discourses in one
national context of post-communist transformation. Proposing a macro-micro
approach to discourse analysis and transformation, it examines a spectrum
of topics including Polish history, with its 'interpreters'; changes in
political bodies and the media, policies of the Catholic Church and the
Institute of National Remembrance; xenophobia and anti-Semitism, with the
emergence of unemployment and homelessness; experiences of new gender
relations and migrations. In effect, drawing upon unique sets of data, the
book shows how post-communist transformation can be understood through
analyses of the changing public and private discourses. It shows Polish
post-communism as a fragile and uneasy transformation, with people and
institutions struggling to make sense of it and of life within it. The
volume will be of interest to a broad range of social scientists: discourse
analysts, sociologists, modern historians and political scientists, as well
as to the informed lay public.