"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.
Patterns and Meanings in Discourse
Theory and practice in corpus-assisted discourse studies (CADS)
This work is designed, firstly, to both provoke theoretical discussion and
serve as a practical guide for researchers and students in the field of
corpus linguistics and, secondly, to offer a wide-ranging introduction to
corpus techniques for practitioners of discourse studies. It delves into a
wide variety of language topics and areas including metaphor, irony,
evaluation, (im)politeness, stylistics, language change and
sociopolitical issues. Each chapter begins with an outline of an area,
followed by case studies which attempt both to shed light on particular
themes in this area and to demonstrate the methodologies which might
be fruitfully employed to investigate them. The chapters conclude with
suggestions on activities which the readers may wish to undertake
themselves. An Appendix contains a list of currently available resources
for corpus research which were used or mentioned in the book.