"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.
Stylistics is the linguistic study of style in language. It aims to account for how
texts project meaning, how readers construct meaning and why readers respond
to texts in the way that they do. This book is an introduction to stylistics that
locates it firmly within the traditions of linguistics. Organised to reflect the
historical development of stylistics from its origins in Russian formalism, the
book covers key principles such as foregrounding theory, as well as more
recent developments in cognitive stylistics. It includes an examination of both
literary and non-literary texts, and substantial coverage of methodologies for
stylistic analysis. Throughout the book, the emphasis is on the practicalities of
producing stylistic analyses that are objective, replicable and falsifiable.
Comprehensive in its coverage and assuming no prior knowledge of the topic,
Stylistics will be essential reading for undergraduate and graduate students new
to this fascinating area of language study.