"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.
Speaking of Europe
Approaches to complexity in European political discourse
Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture 49
Recent years have witnessed the European Union struggling to keep
Europe together in increasingly difficult economic and political
circumstances. Communication within and about European institutions
has become more challenging in this perplexing political environment,
demonstrating the complex nature of EU political discourse. In order to
highlight these complexities, the contributors to this volume present
different theoretical and methodological approaches to the analysis of
diverse facets of EU discourse, realized through a variety of linguistic
and discursive phenomena. The approaches represent rhetorical
theory, metaphor and conceptual theory, cognitive and corpus
linguistics, lexical statistics, polyphony, logical semantics, pragmatic
and philosophical perspectives. Through this multitude of perspectives
the book complements existing approaches and suggests new
approaches in the study of political discourse.