"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.
Roberta Piazza’s book is a linguistic investigation of the dialogue of Italian cinema covering a selection of films from the 1950s to the present day. It looks at how speech is dealt with in studies of the cinema and tackles the lack of engagement with dialogue in film studies.
It explores the representation of discourse in cinema -- the way particular manifestations of verbal interaction are reproduced in film. Whereas ‘representation’ generally refers to the language used in texts to assign meaning to a group and its social practices, here discourse representation more directly refers to the relationship between real-life and cinematic discourse. Piazza analyses how fictional dialogue reinterprets authentic interaction in order to construe particular meanings.
Beginning by exploring the relationship between discourse and genre, the second half of the book takes a topic-based approach and reflects on the themes of narrative and identity. The analysis carried out takes on board the multi-semiotic and multimodal components of film discourse. The book uses also uses concepts and methodologies from pragmatics, conversation analysis and discourse analysis.
Contents:1. Background and Introduction \ 2. The verbal-visual interrelation in cinema \ 3. The focus on the representation of conflict in film \ 4. Confrontational discourse in comedy and the disengagement of dramatic talk \ 5. Spaghetti and American westerns: textual conflict marking the clash between opposing masculinities \ 6. The struggle for narrative autonomy in Antonioni's When Love Fails \ 7. The discourse of identity and confrontation in Mohsen Melliti's Me, the Other \ 8. Conclusions \ 9. References and filmography \ Index