"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.
In this monograph, the author offers a new way of examining the much
discussed notion of identity through the theoretical and methodological approach
called "multimodal interaction analysis". Moving beyond a traditional discourse
analysis focus on spoken language, this book expands our understanding of
identity construction by looking both at language and its intersection with such
paralinguistic features as gesture, as well as how we use space in interaction.
The author illustrates this new approach through an extended ethnographic
study of two women living in Germany. Examples of their everyday interactions
elucidate how multimodal interaction analysis can be used to extend our
understanding of how identity is produced and negotiated in "context" from a
more holistic point of view.