"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.
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International Journal of Language Studies (IJLS)
In association with Springer, the International Journal of Language Studies is going to publish a series of edited volumes on the 'Ritual of death: A cross-linguistic perspective' (to be edited by Professor Mohammad Ali Salmani Nodoushan and Professor Alessandro Capone).
Abstracts are invited (Deadline: 15 April 2014). CVs should also be sent to us along with abstracts. Our plan is to have 30 chapters in each volume in the series (each between 10,000 and 12,000 words--references included).
We would like to produce a scholarly reference series which covers the rituals of death in virtually all cultures around the world. Interested linguists and researchers are invited to read the following papers to get an idea of what kind of chapters we would like to receive: Capone, Alessandro. 2010. On pragmemes again: Dealing with death. La Linguistique 46(2): 3-21. Salmani Nodoushan, Mohammad A. 2013. The social semiotics of funerary rites in Iran. International Journal of Language Studies 7(1): 79-102. (http://www.ijls.net/vol7no1.html)
Please send your abstracts along with your professional CVs to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for abstracts: 15 April 2014
Deadline for full papers/chapters: 15 September 2014