"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.
This collection of critical essays, originally published in "Pragmatics and
Society" 1:2 (2010), discusses how normative biases that shape our relation
to the world are constructed through discursive practice in media discourse.
The intertextual perspective it adopts is crucial for our understanding of how
media representations of speakers and languages shape many of our
preconceptions of others.
Mediatization is inherently intertextual; the very nature of this process
involves extracting the speech behavior of particular speakers or groups from
a highly specific context and refracting and reshaping it to be inserted in
another stream of representation. The notion of intertextuality becomes a
useful concept for the linguistic anthropological study of media discourse in
the context of modernity, as it provides us with a tool for exploring the
semiotic processes that underlie the way in which the media negotiate and
reinscribe the complex relationships of identity that characterize late modern