"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.
"Cohesive Profiling" provides one of the first linguistic descriptions of blog
discourse, focusing on the cohesive relations which enable users to construe
blogs as compatible meaningful wholes. With a corpus-based analysis of
cohesive relations in personal blogs, the study surprisingly reveals that there is
only limited cohesive rapport between the textual contributions of blog authors
and readers. The book retraces blogs’ technological, linguistic and generic
evolution and describes how today’s blog genres are structured and composed.
Additionally, it is shown how cohesive interaction, shared knowledge and
technological expertise converge in blog readers trying to keep track of blog
topics, purposes and identities over time. The book is of interest to researchers
in discourse analysis, corpus linguistics and pragmatics as well as to scholars
working in the field of computer-mediated communication.