"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.
Metaphor and Writing
Figurative Thought in the Discourse of Written Communication
This volume explains how metaphors, metonymies, and other figures of
thought interact cognitively and rhetorically to tell us what writing is
and what it should do. Drawing on interviews with writing professionals and
published commentary about writing, it argues that our everyday metaphors
and metonymies for writing are part of a figurative rhetoric of writing – a
pattern of discourse and thought that includes ways we categorize writers
and writing; stories we tell about people who write; conceptual metaphors
and metonymies used both to describe and to guide writing; and familiar,
yet surprisingly adaptable, conceptual
blends used routinely for imagining writing situations. The book will give
scholars a fresh understanding of concepts such as ‘voice', ‘self',
‘clarity', ‘power', and the most basic figure of all: ‘the writer'.