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"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

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What is English? And Why Should We Care?

By: Tim William Machan

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.

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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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Title: Un même code éthique: deux univers de travail différents
Author: Genevieve Treguer-Felten
Linguistic Field: Pragmatics
Abstract: Cet article propose une analyse de discours contrastive des documents professionnels qu'une entreprise multinationale adresse à son personnel en deux versions linguistiques différentes (anglais-américain et français) de statut égal. Produits au terme d'un processus collectif complexe (écriture en anglais lingua franca et ‘bi-textes’) visant à en faire des documents identiques, ces Principes d'Action révèlent pourtant des dissemblances. On en cherche la cohérence en croisant les analyses énonciative, sémantique et linguistique des diverses catégories sur lesquelles reposent les différences, avant de conclure à une représentation d'univers de travail distincts dans lesquels, entre autres, l'autorité s'exerce différemment, notamment en fonction des sujets concernés. On s'interroge, pour finir, sur les liens entre les univers de travail représentés et la culture des sociétés concernées.


This article appears in Journal of French Language Studies Vol. 20, Issue 1, which you can read on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .

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