"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 context of mediation immediately highlights the importance of
argumentation as a means to reasonably handle conflict. Argumentation in
dispute mediation tackles this topic providing both theoretical
insights and detailed empirical argumentative analysis. Its goal is
twofold: to explore mediation as a real-life context of argumentation and
to show how an increased argumentative awareness could improve conflict
Particular emphasis is accorded to mapping mediation through an
interdisciplinary reasoned review of existing accounts. The outline of a
conceptual framework of mediation constitutes a solid basis for the study
of argumentation in mediation. The argumentative analysis of a corpus of
mediation cases, based on the pragma-dialectical account and the Argumentum
Model of Topics, shows the mediator’s moves which actually help conflicting
parties discuss reasonably. The mediator’s topical potential plays a
crucial role in this relation at the levels of issue selection, evoking of
cultural-contextual premises and choice of argument schemes.