"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.
Die Rhetorik des Spitzensports [The Rhetoric of Top-Class Sport]
It is only through communication that physical activity becomes sport. Sport as
a happening becomes a meaningful event through the interplay of dramaturgical
rules and rhetorical patterns. Working from this point of departure, this study
reveals how the sports report serves to realize the possibilities of sport. The
sports report tells the stories which are actually the reason why the sport exists
at all. Particularly in top-class sports communicated by mass media, this leads
to illuminating, amusing or moving dramas in the arena of physical and mental