"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.
In this book two of the leading figures in argumentation theory present a
view of argumentation as a means of resolving differences of opinion by
testing the acceptability of the disputed positions. Their model of a
'critical discussion' serves as a theoretical tool for analyzing,
evaluating and producing argumentative discourse. They develop a method for
the reconstruction of argumentative discourse that takes into account all
aspects that are relevant to a critical assessment. They also propose a
practical code of behavior for discussants who want to resolve their
differences in a reasonable way. This is a major contribution to the study
of argumentation and will be of particular value to professionals and
graduate students in speech communication, informal logic, rhetoric,
critical thinking, linguistics, and philosophy. "...a major event in
argumentation theory scholarship." Michael C. Leff, Northwestern University