"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.
“Grab a pen and paper”: Interaction v. interactivity in a political radio phone-in Joanna Thornborrow and Richard Fitzgerald 1 – 28
Evidencing international threat: Examining Iraq Survey Group’s post-invasion verification of Iraq’s WMD threat Gordon C. Chang, Kerstin Lueck and Hugh B. Mehan 29 – 58
Rebranding the Scottish Executive: A discourse-historical analysis Johann Wolfgang Unger 59 – 79
A political-semiotic introduction to the Estonian “bronze-night” discourse Peeter Selg 80 – 100
The visual construction of language hierarchy: The case of banknotes, coins and stamps Mark Sebba 101 – 125
Strategies of reframing language policy in the liberal state: A recursive model John E. Petrovic and Aaron M. Kuntz 126 – 146
Mayr, A. (ed.) (2008). Language and Power: An Introduction to Institutional Discourse. London Continuum. ISBN: 978–0826487445 (pb), pp. 204, £24.99. Reviewed by Felicitas Macgilchrist 147 – 151
Murphy, B. (2010). Corpus and Sociolinguistics: Investigating Age and Gender in Female Talk. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. ISBN: 978 90 272 2312 8 (hb), pp. 231, € 95 Reviewed by Raymond Oenbring 152 – 156