"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.
Pragmatics Applied to Language Teaching and Learning
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This volume presents a wide ranging overview of key theoretical and
practical issues, empirical research and various analyses of pragmatic
phenomena that will certainly be most useful and helpful to students and
researchers in pragmatics and other linguistic disciplines and, of course,
to L2 teachers. It is divided into five parts that include chapters
addressing cognitive issues on L2 teaching, how and what to teach when
dealing with specific speech acts, intercultural aspects of communication,
the teaching of languages for academic and specific purposes and some other
methodological issues on pragmatics teaching.