"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 is the first book-length study devoted to the work of Marie Darrieussecq, one of France's leading contemporary writers, whose work has proved fascinating to both critics and readers for its diversity, the author's seeming ability to evade established literary categories and the changes in focus of her trajectory. This volume focuses on this ambivalence, highlighting the capacity of Darrieussecq's texts both to confront contemporary social issues, such as national identity and the role of women, and examine the complex relationship between language and reality. Focusing on the mid-section of her oeuvre (Bref séjour chez les vivants, Le Bébé and Le Pays), the author of this study brings together Darrieussecq's social realism, her emphasis on the productive and creative roles of language and narrative, and her interest in the role of social discourse in the formation of identity. The analysis in this book highlights the significant questions that Darrieussecq's texts raise about the ways in which we perceive and narrate the world and makes clear the original and essential nature of Darrieussecq's continuing literary project.
Contents: Problematiziation of the division between text and the external world - The co-existence of social realism and metafiction - The role of social discourse in the formation of identity - Metafictional textual strategies - The expression of subjective experience - The questioning of social and textual boundaries.