"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.
Korean Honorifics and Politeness in Second Language Learning
This book investigates the ways that advanced speakers of Korean as a second
language perceive, use and learn the complexities of the Korean honorifics
system. Despite their advanced proficiency in Korean, the study shows that the
honorifics use of these speakers diverges in crucial ways from native speaker
norms. It is argued that, rather than reflecting the language competence of these
speakers as such, this usage is linked to questions of the identity of “language
learners” and “foreigners” in Korean society. In addition, it shows the influence of
conflicting ideologies regarding the “meaning” of “politeness”. This argument is
backed up by rich data collected through mixed methods (discourse completion
tests, role-plays, natural interactions, introspective interviews), allowing for a
detailed picture of how the honorifics use of second language speakers emerges
in context. The book concludes by discussing the implications of the study for
politeness research, interlanguage pragmatics and language pedagogy.