"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.
This volume investigates identity traits in academic discourse. Its main
purpose is to better understand how and to what extent language forms and
functions are adapting to the globalisation of academic discourse. Key
factors of verbal behaviour such as the affiliation of actors to one or more
cultures have been found to interact, producing transversal identities that are
independent of local traits, with a tendency to merge and hybridise in an
The volume consists of three main parts: The first deals with identity traits
across languages and cultures, as the use of a given language affects the
writing of a scholar, especially when it is not his/her native language. The
second comprises investigations of identity features characterising specific
disciplinary communities or marking a differentiation from other branches of
knowledge. The third part of the volume deals with identity aspects emerging
from genre and gender variation.
Contents: Maurizio Gotti: Introduction - Maurizio Gotti: Variation in Academic
Texts - Maurizio Gotti: The CADIS Corpus - Davide S. Giannoni: Local/Global
Identities and the Medical Editorial Genre - Larissa D'Angelo: Identity
Conflicts in Book Reviews: A Cross-disciplinary Comparison - Stefania M.
Maci: The Discussion Section of Medical Research Articles: A Cross-cultural
Perspective - Michele Sala: Different Systems, Different Styles: Legal
Expertise and Professional Identities in Legal Research Articles - Ulisse
Belotti: Variations of Identity in Single- and Multi-Authored Economics RA
Abstracts - Davide S. Giannoni: Evaluation and Popularisation in Journal
Editorials: Medicine vs Applied Linguistics - Davide S. Giannoni: Metaphoric
Expressions and Editorial Identity Across Disciplines - Michele Sala:
Metadiscursive Resources as Indicators of Disciplinary Variation - Michele
Sala: Interrogative Forms as Engagement Markers: A Diachronic Perspective
- Stefania M. Maci: Fast-track Publications: The Genre of Medical Research
Letters - Larissa D'angelo: Academic Poster Presentations: Mapping the
Genre - Stefania M. Maci: The Genre of Medical Conference Posters -
Larissa D'angelo: Exploring Gender Identity in Academic Research Articles
and Book Reviews.