"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.
Multiple Voices in Academic and Professional Discourse
Current Issues in Specialised Language Research, Teaching and New Technologies
The demands of today’s society for greater specialization have brought about
a profound transformation in the humanities, which are not immune to the
competitive pressure to meet new challenges that are present in other
sectors. Thus, lecturers and researchers in modern languages and applied
linguistics departments have made great efforts to design syllabi and
materials more attuned to the competences and requirements of potential
working environments. At the same time, linguists have attempted to apply
their expertise in wider areas, creating research institutes that focus on
applying language and linguistics in different contexts and offering linguistic
services to society as a whole.This book attempts to provide a global view of
the multiple voices involved in interdisciplinary research and innovative
proposals in teaching specialized languages while offering contributions that
attempt to fill the demands of a varied scope of disciplines such as the
sciences, professions, or educational settings. The chapters in this book are
made up of current research on these themes: discourse analysis in
academic and professional genres, specialized translation, lexicology and
terminology, and ICT research and teaching of specialized languages.