"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.
This book makes an innovative contribution to the relatively young field of
Queer Linguistics. Subscribing to a poststructuralist framework, it presents a
critical, deconstructionist perspective on the discursive construction of
heteronormativity and gender binarism from a linguistic point of view. On the
one hand, the book provides an outline of Queer approaches to issues of
language, gender and sexual identity that is of interest to students and
scholars new to the field. On the other hand, the empirical analyses of
language data represent material that also appeals to experts in the field.
book deals with repercussions of the discursive materialisation of
heteronormativity and gender binarism in various kinds of linguistic data.
These include stereotypical genderlects, structural linguistic gender
categories (especially from a contrastive linguistic point of view), the
discursive sedimentation of female and feminine generics, linguistic
constructions of the gendered body in advertising and the usage of personal
reference forms to create characters in Queer Cinema. Throughout the book,
readers become aware of the wounding potential that gendered linguistic
forms may possess in certain contexts.