"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.
'Linguistics for Clinicians' provides an introduction to linguistic
analysis in the clinical context. The book draws on a range of linguistic
theories and descriptions, equipping readers with a conceptual toolkit that
will enable them to:
· Analyze data systematically, taking into account different types of
· Pick out significant patterns that can give them clinically relevant cues
· Build explicit arguments to back up their observations and hypotheses.
· Select relevant linguistic items for assessment and therapy tasks.
Analytical tips are included to anticipate and deal with common problems of
clinical application. Extensive exercises further illustrate the use of
linguistic concepts in data analysis and task construction. Linguistics for
Clinicians is primarily a linguistics textbook for students and teachers in
clinical courses. It is also a useful resource for practicing clinicians,
psycholinguistics students and researchers in language impairments.
This title is distributed in the United States by Oxford University