"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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Journal of Politeness Research: Language, Behaviour, Culture
Call for papers for inclusion in a Special Issue on African Politeness
Guest Editors: Sinfree Makoni (Penn State University) and Abdennour Kharraki (Mohammed University)
Abstracts of 500 words should be submitted to: Politeness.Research@degruyter.com by February 7th 2014. Abstracts will be reviewed by the guest editors and authors may be invited to submit a full draft paper by May 6th 2014
Papers should be on some aspect of politeness in African languages and/or used by African speakers of European languages. Papers on North African and Sub-Saharan African languages and cultures are welcome. Papers should be of high quality, taking into account and contributing to recent developments in Politeness Theory.