"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.
The Language of Defendants in the 17th-Century English Courtroom
A Socio-Pragmatic Analysis of the Prisoners' Interactional Role and Representation
This volume analyses the defence system in the 17th-Century English
courtroom and sees how defendants attempted to construct their discourse
identity and articulate their defence in the arraignment section and in the
evidence phase of the trial. Drawing upon theories from socio-pragmatics and
(critical) discourse analysis the book investigates the complex face-work
dynamics operating between defendants and professionals/witnesses, the
main defence strategies adopted in the evidence phase and - at the author-
readership discourse level - the way in which Royalist defendants were
represented in Royalist accounts in the turbulent years of the Civil War. The
author draws on a rich variety of trial texts: from high treason to religious
subversion, from murder to felony and misdemeanour. In each case the
defendant's discourse behaviour is scrutinised in relation to historical, socio-
cultural and institutional variables.
In its double focus on the defendants' interactional role in the trial and their
representation in Royalist accounts, the book offers a valuable reading for
historical courtroom linguists, legal historians and researchers in the field of
language, ideology and political propaganda in the early modern period.