"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.
"Pragmatics of Society" takes a socio-cultural perspective on pragmatics and
gives a broad view of how social and cultural factors influence language use.
The volume covers a wide range of topics within the field of sociopragmatics.
This subfield of pragmatics encompasses sociolinguistic studies that focus on
how pragmatic and discourse features vary according to macro-sociological
variables such as age, gender, class and region (variational pragmatics), and
discourse/conversation analytical studies investigating variation according to
the activity engaged in by the participants and the identities displayed as
relevant in interaction. The volume also covers studies in linguistic pragmatics
with a more general socio-cultural focus, including global and intercultural
communication, politeness, critical discourse analysis and linguistic
anthropology. Each article presents the state-of-the-art of the topic at hand, as
well as new research.