"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.
"Language in Use: The Case of Youth Entertainment Magazines" is a
collection of seven studies by several Romanian, Bulgarian and Slovenian
linguists on the discourse of entertainment magazines targeted at young
readers, and published in their respective countries. The starting point
of the seven studies was the idea that the discourse specific to the
variety of printed media products selected for analysis was characterized
by distinctive features and that these features might exert a manipulative
influence on the linguistic and social behavior of the targeted readership.
The scholars’ initial aim was to validate these hypotheses and to confirm
their soundness across countries. However, they hope that, besides
suggesting new perspectives on the discourse chosen for analysis and thus
filling a gap in the eastern European literature in the field, they may
also develop (admittedly, within limits) media literacy in young readers,
by equipping them with skills that could transform them from passive media
consumers into responsible readers, able to make informed decisions and
thus be less vulnerable to the strategies of manipulation employed by those
who control information.