"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.
Investigations into the Meta-Communicative Lexicon of English
The volume contributes to historical pragmatics an important chapter on what
has so far not been paid adequate attention to, i.e. historical metapragmatics.
More particularly, the collected papers apply a meta-communicative approach
to historical texts by focusing on lexis that either directly or metaphorically
identifies or characterizes entire forms of communication or single acts and
act sequences or minor units. Within the context of their use, such lexical
expressions, in fact, provide a key for disclosing historical forms of
communication; taken out of context, they build the meta-communicative
The articles follow three principal distinctions in that they investigate the
meta-communicative profile of genres, meta-communicative lexical sets and
meta-communicative ethics and ideologies. They cover a broad spectrum of
text types that span the entire history of the English language from Anglo-
Saxon chronicles to computer-mediated communication.