"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.
Negotiating narrative: Dialogic dynamics of Known, Unknown and Believed in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Gill Philip, Ramona Bongelli, Carla Canestrari, Ilaria Riccioni and Andrzej Zuczkowski 7 – 33
Politeness and social utopia in Friedrich Schiller’s Wilhelm Tell Christel Björkstrand 34 – 55
Towards a lexicogrammatical pattern in Swedish crime novels Marie-Christine Klös 56 – 70
Orienting the reader: Discourse strategies for conversing about spatial information in George Orwell’s Burmese Days Marla Perkins 71 – 92
Semantic variations of the French verb voir and the discourse system in Louis-Ferdinand Céline’s Rigodon Clara Ubaldina Lorda 93 – 107
How to distinguish hypothetical from actual speech in fiction: Testing the typicality hypothesis Laura Karttunen 108 – 128
The dialogics of metaphor and simile in Elizabeth Bowen’s The Last September Julia Kind 129 – 146
Words between reality and fiction Edda Weigand 147 – 163