"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.
"Speech Act Theory: A Univen Study" was undertaken to investigate the
pragmatic value of utterances of selected students in University of Venda.
Utterances of second-language users of a language reflect the wealth of their
language experiences and hence caution has to be exercised when conducting
an investigation into such utterances. It is within this background that this
investigation was conducted into the meaning-creation strategies and abilities of
the participants in this study. The very idiocyncratic utterances investigated
demonstrated vividly the multi-dimensional thought process exploited by the
creators of these samples. Also demonstrated by the analyses is the nature of
communication and the amount of linguistic interaction necessary for
interlocutors to create meaning.