"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.
The Power of Language: How Discourse Influences Society is designed to
introduce students at the tertiary level to both Systemic Functional
Linguistics and Critical Discourse Analysis. It is aimed at developing
analytical skills by rooting analysis in SFL methodology so that students can
tackle a wide range of discourse types. By connecting SFL and CDA and by
explicitly introducing a solid theoretical foundation in SFL, the critical
analyses in the book are not only well grounded but transparent. Each
chapter in the volume builds a methodological foundation for the
development of critical discourse analytical skills. SFL provides novice
analysts with a rich set of resources for CDA and equips them to better
reflect on what language is doing and why.
The Power of Language: How Discourse Influences Society, offers
explanations along with a wide range of sample analyses to illustrate theory
and provide applications of the methodologies introduced in each chapter.
Students not only learn by studying a number of analyses but carry out their
own analytical work on other samples, thus gaining experience in critical
analysis. Each chapter also includes examples of analyses by well known
researchers so that novice analysts become familiar with various
approaches to analysis.