"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.
In this book sixteen international scholars of language and social
interaction describe their distinct frameworks of analysis. Taking
conversation analysis and interactional sociolinguistics as their points of
departure and investigating ordinary conversation as well as institutions
such as health care, therapy, and city council meetings, they often
incorporate gesture, prosody, and the listener's behavior in the analysis
of talk. While some approaches are grounded in a critique of the major
schools of interaction analysis, others integrate the interactionist
perspective with ideas from fields such as systemic-functional linguistics,
distributed cognition, and the sociology of knowledge. Each chapter
combines a statement of the terms and methods of analysis with an
analysis of a moment of interaction. New Adventures in Language and
Interaction gives an excellent overview of the novelty and diversity of
interaction-focused perspectives on language and of the heterogeneity of
approaches that have evolved from the pioneering work of Sacks and
Schegloff, Gumperz, and their co-workers.