"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.
New volume in the new series: "Handbooks of Pragmatics"
This handbook focuses on the interpersonal aspects of language in use,
exploring key concepts such as face, im/politeness, identity, or gender, as
well as mitigation, respect/deference, and humour in a variety of settings.
The volume includes theoretical overviews as well as empirical studies from
experts in a range of disciplines within linguistics and communication
studies and provides a multifaceted perspective on both theoretical and
applied approaches to the role of language in relational work.
* views pragmatics from both theoretical and applied perspectives
* deals with the interpersonal or relational side of language in use
* there is no handbook available on this particular focus so far
* provides reliable overviews useful not only to researchers but also to
students and teachers
* includes 20 extensive articles and a valuable subject index