"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.
The book explores the role of age in communication under consideration of
various age groups, genres, cultures and languages, and demonstrates the
growing potential of age-related research for linguistic and social
analyses that is founded on a more comprehensive and systematic basis than
has been practiced so far. The volume establishes a point of contact with
the work of Coupland, Giles and associates starting in the 1980s, and shows
how it can be extended today to go beyond the early focus on detrimental
aspects of aging. The contributors address social communication within and
across age cohorts in all major age categories: the elderly, middle-aged,
teenagers and children. The social skewing of the research presented
explains the volume's focus on the discursive construction of social
identities, with age implicated as a viable controller of how social action
is strategically deployed for alignment and alienation, accommodation and
divergence. The authors emphasize that a discourse construction of age and
ageing is particularly important in the face of new challenges of
globalization, increased human mobility and rising intergenerational conflicts.