"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 fascinating examination of the relations between grammar, text and
discourse is designed to provoke genuinely critical discussion on key
issues in discourse analysis which are not always clearly identified and
examined. The enquiry into discourse analysis that Zellig Harris initiated
50 years ago raised a number of problematic issues that have remained
unresolved ever since. What these are all centrally concerned with is the
relationship between the analysis of the formal properties of text and the
significance that is assigned to them in discourse interpretation.
Widdowson explores this relationship and introduces the notion of pretext
as an additional factor in the general interpretative process. He also
focuses attention specifically on the work of critical discourse analysis
(CDA) in the light of the issues discussed. The result is a stimulating
volume that makes explicit the distinctions between the key concepts of
text and discourse, and between context, co-text and pretext. It shows how
these are related and can provide a theoretical frame of reference for the
critical evaluation of current issues in discourse analysis.