"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.
Metaphor and Reconciliation
The Discourse Dynamics of Empathy in Post-Conflict Conversations
Sixteen years after her father was killed by an IRA bomb, Jo Berry had her
first conversation with the man responsible. She had made a long journey,
"walking the footsteps of the bombers" as she put it, determined not to give
in to anger and revenge but to try to understand his motivations and
perspective. Her preparedness to meet Pat Magee opened up a path to
empathy that developed through their conversations over the following years.
This book studies their growing understandings of each other by focusing on
the rich networks of metaphors that appear in their conversations, and how
these evolve in the process of reconciliation. The innovative research
method, reported in a rigorous but accessible style, together with the rich and
often poignant data, make this book a valuable addition to the study of
metaphor and discourse. In uncovering the development of empathy between
these two extraordinary people, Cameron illuminates the moral necessity, and
the potential rewards, in trying to imagine the world and mind of the Other.
Implications are drawn for how mediators in reconciliation contexts might
make positive use of metaphor in supporting the dynamics of empathy.