"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.
Kommunikationsreihen aus Gesprächen und Textkommunikaten [Communication Series from Conversations and Text Communication]
The theory of communication series is suggested as an alternative to discourse
linguistics because it focuses not only on mass communications with reference
to a thematic context, but examines every social communication including
interpersonal communication between two persons or within a small group. Each
element of communication is subject to three areas of level: (1) speech act and
speech act sequences; (2) communication (conversations, text-based
communication); (3) series as purpose-constituted consequences of
communication. Series can be recursively embedded, extending as far as
society-related and international series. Series are diachronic quantities with