"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 Handbook of Intercultural Discourse and Communication
Intercultural discourse and communication is emerging as an important area
of research in a highly globalized and connected world, where language and
culture contact is frequent and cultural misunderstandings and
misconceptions abound. The handbook contains contributions from established
scholars and up-and-coming researchers from a range of fields to survey the
theoretical perspectives and applied work in this burgeoning area of
linguistics. This timely volume features first a section which introduces
the background detailing the scope and topics of the field; followed by a
section of four different theoretical approaches and their basic research
questions, from Dell Hymes's foundational Ethnography of Speaking and John
Gumperz's Interactional Sociolinguistics to Critical approaches and
Postmodernism. The third section, Interactional Discourse Features,
describes and explains the features of talk which are frequently studied in
cross-cultural research, such as turn-taking and politeness. The volume
also includes a section on Interactional Discourse sites, examining
cross-cultural communication (such as Greek-Turkish discourse). The
handbook concludes with chapters on where such discourse occurs, such as
Law, Medicine, and Religion.