"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.
Conversation is very often spontaneous, natural and informal. But even at
its most casual it is governed by rules and principles of language and
behaviour. This book lays bare the structure of conversation, describing
what happens when people talk to each other and explaining why they say
what they say in a wide variety of circumstances. Ronald Wardhaugh explores
many aspects of conversation, asking how conversations start, how we decide
who will speak next, how we change the subject, and how we know when a
conversation has finished. This book is the most accessible guide to
discourse analysis and pragmatics yet written and will be read with profit
and enjoyment by students and general readers alike.