"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.
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This volume examines the construction of Turkey's possible European Union
accession in French political discourse. In today's France, heated debates
regarding Turkey's EU membership are turning into an essential part of
European identity formation. Once again, the 'Turkish Other' functions as a
mirror for defining not only the 'European Self', but also European values. By
providing a genuine and multi-disciplinary approach for studying the Otherness
attributed to Turkey, this book contributes to our understanding of the
nexus in International Relations. Within a Critical Discourse Analysis
this study explores the socio-historical basis of the construction of Turkey's
Otherness in an attempt to identify the processes through which past memories,
representations, images and fantasies regarding Turkey are inserted into the
French social imaginary. Focusing on these significations, which are
(re)produced and become manifest through language, this book strives to
uncover the link between discourse and political action.