"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.
Discursive Constructions around Terrorism in the People's Daily (China) and The Sun (UK) before and after 9.11
A Corpus-based Contrastive Critical Discourse Analysis
How have media constructions around terrorism changed since 9.11? This
book analyses the ways that language is employed in the media to reference
discourses around terrorism in different social systems and doctrines, and
illustrates the ways in which news reporting around terrorism is filtered
according to a wide range of phenomena including national interests, the
goals of those who run the press, international relations, methods of news
production, audience targeting and other historical, political and social
This book collects and analyses corpora from news articles in the two most
widely read newspapers in China and the UK. Corpus techniques including
frequency and keyness are merged with methods associated with critical
discourse analysis particularly investigation of social context. This book
shows that there is a wide range of possible discursive constructions of
terrorism in the media. Such different perspectives are likely to shape
national or even global opinion on how to tackle terrorism.
- Discourse and Media
- Frequency analysis of Lexis in the PTC and STC
- Concordance Analysis on Words Directly Referencing Terrorism
- Contrasting the Social Contexts of China and the UK.
Yufang Qian is a graduate of Zhejiang Normal University (B.A., 1986), the
University of Bucharest (M.A., 2002) and the University of Lancaster (Ph.D.,
2008). She is an Associate Professor and Head of the Media Discourse
Study Centre at Zhejiang University of Media and Communications. Her
recent publications include articles on corpus-based media discourse