"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.
"Negotiating Solidarity: A Social-Linguistic Approach to Job Interviews"
explores the linguistic co-construction of self-presentation in job
interviews. It shows how candidates construct their professional
identities, and establish co-membership and build rapport with their
interviewers. Specifically, it illustrates how candidates enact their
professional expertise and put their qualities forward, and highlights the
linguistic features that succeed (or fail) to make a good impression on
interviewers. Using extracts from authentic job interviews, Lipovsky
illustrates the influence of candidates’ communicative styles on the
impression they make on their interviewers, and the part that candidates’
semantic and lexico-grammatical choices play in defining the personal
affinity between interviewer and candidate, and consequently in the hiring