"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.
*Presents an analysis of words and expressions that can be indicative of
*Systematically based on a well-developed theory of argumentation
*Covers all stages of a critical discussion
*Makes use of the newly developed technical tool of dialectical profiles
*Immediately connects with the practice of argumentative discourse by
starting from everyday examples
This volume identifies and analyses English words and expressions that are
crucial for an adequate reconstruction of argumentative discourse. It
provides a systematic set of instruments for giving a well founded analysis
that results in an analytic overview of the elements that are relevant for
the evaluation of the argumentation. By starting from everyday examples,
the study immediately connects with the practice of argumentative discourse.