"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.
Wissen in (Inter-)Aktion [Knowledge in (Inter-)Action]
Verfahren der Wissensgenerierung in unterschiedlichen Praxisfeldern
This book examines how knowledge is created in key areas of day-to-day
practice with the aid of linguistic means. Using examples from medicine,
law, teaching/learning interactions and mass media, the book investigates
what is displayed interactively as knowledge and/or what is considered to
be knowledge. The book is divided into four sections which discuss the
following key questions: how is knowledge embedded in the respective
situation, how is knowledge brought forth interactively, how do
institutions present knowledge effectively and how is knowledge
disseminated in the (mass) media?