"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.
The book is an empirical study of naturally occurring talk between
psychotherapist and clients experiencing various anxieties and traumas that
most of us recognize and can relate to. By relying on contemporary theories
about sequential, situated discourse as well as drawing on “praxis” literature, it
aims to investigate how psychotherapy as practice is contextually and
interactionally accomplished. By scrutinizing patterns of language use, which
reflect the core norms of the speech event of psychotherapy, it offers a unique
look into the therapeutic dialogue at the micro level. The book presents a host
of practical guidelines as to how to conduct ethnographic fieldwork at the
(inter)professional research site in order to produce practically relevant findings.
It also addresses the infiltration of therapeutic norms and strategies into new