"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 Pragmatics Reader is the indispensable set of readings for all students
studying Pragmatics at advanced undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Combining key classic texts with newer extracts covering current
developments in contemporary Pragmatics, each reading has been carefully
selected to both showcase the best thinking and latest research and also to
reflect the international nature of the field.
The 30 varied readings, including four specially commissioned papers, have
been organised into eight themed sections: Linguistic Pragmatics; Post-
Gricean Pragmatics; Indexicality; Historical Pragmatics; Politeness, Face
and Impoliteness; Cross-cultural and intercultural pragmatics; Pragmatics and
Conversation - Development and Impairment; and Pragmaticians on
Pragmatics. Each of these sections is supported and enhanced by
substantial editorial commentaries, pre-reading, in-reading and post-reading
activities and suggestions for further reading, both in print and online. The
book also features a general introduction, a glossary of key terms, and a
conclusion that explores the relationship between pragmatic theory and
practice before anticipating the future directions of the subject.