"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.
Requests, a speech act people frequently use to perform everyday
social interactions, have attracted particular attention in politeness
theories, pragmatics, and second language acquisition. This book
looks at request behaviours in a significant EFL population – Chinese-
speaking learners of English. It will draw on recent literature, such as
politeness theories and cognitive models for interlanguage pragmatics
development, as well as placing special emphasis on situational
context and formulaic language to provide a more fine-grained
investigation. A range of request scenarios has been specifically
designed for this project, from common service encounters to highly
face-threatening situations such as borrowing money and asking a
favour of police officer. Our findings on Chinese-style pragmatic
behaviours and patterns of pragmatic development will be of value to
cross-cultural pragmatics researchers, TESOL professionals, and
university students with an interest in this area of study.