"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.
Modern journalism is often the subject of criticism and opposition. Written
by one of the foremost authorities on language and the media writing today,
this engaging book suggests that view is unfair, and that journalists are
in fact skilled 'word weavers' whose output is cleverly worked into planned
patterns. Drawing on a range of authentic news articles, it traces the
development of journalism from its origins to the present day. Aitchison
shows how contemporary news writers have inherited an age-old oral
tradition, which over the centuries was incorporated into public notices,
ballads and storybooks - eventually providing the basis of the journalism
we see today. She argues that, while journalists have very different aims
to literary writers, their work can in no way be regarded as inferior.
Entertainingly written, The World Weavers provides a fascinating insight
into journalistic writing, and will be enjoyed by anybody wanting to know
more about media language.