"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.
Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture 41
This monograph examines the rhetorical nature and function of
representations of the future in political discourse, focusing on political
actors’ use of hegemonic images of future “reality” to achieve their
political goals. It argues that a key ideological dimension of political
rhetoric lies in politicians’ use of projections of the future to legitimate
policies and actions. This argument is grounded in systemic-functional
and critical discourse analyses of the “Bush Doctrine,” the U.S. policy
response to the September 11 terrorist attacks which sanctioned a
“preemptive” military posture. By focusing on the discursive construction
of the future, this project addresses a lacunae in critical discourse
studies and calls attention to the crucial role that the discourse and
practice of “futurology” has played in post-Cold War politics and society.
It will be of value to scholars interested in the discourses of politics, the
“war on terror,” U.S. national security, and futurology.