"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.
"Author Representations in Literary Reading" investigates the role of the author
in the mind of the reader. It is the first book-length empirical study on generated
author inferences by readers of literature. It bridges the gap between theories
which hold that the author is irrelevant and those that give him prominence. By
combining insights and methods from both cognitive psychology and literary
theory, this book contributes to a better understanding of how readers process
literary texts and what role their assumptions about an author play. A series of
experiments demonstrate that readers generate author inferences during the
process of reading, which they use to create an image of the text’s author. The
findings suggest that interpretations about the author play a pivotal role in the
literary reading process. This book is relevant to scholars and students in all
areas of the cognitive sciences, including literary studies and psychology.