"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.
This book examines mathematical discourse from the perspective of Michael Halliday's social semiotic theory. In this approach, mathematics is conceptualized as a multisemiotic discourse involving language, visual images and symbolism. The book discusses the evolution of semiotics in mathematics, and proceeds to examine the grammar of mathematical symbolism, the grammar of mathematical visual images, intersemiosis between language, visual images and symbolism and the ways in which mathematics orders reality. The focus of this investigation is written mathematical texts.
Mathematics is a key semantic area as it underlies the scientific view of the world which permeates our everyday existence. The aim of this book is therefore to understand the nature and implications of a social semiotic perspective of mathematics so that the limitations and metaphorical expansions which occur in mathematical and scientific discourse may be appreciated. The book is intended for linguists and those interested in mathematics and science education. The book also has implications for other studies in systemic functional approaches to multimodality.