"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.
How and why is silence used interculturally? Approaching the phenomenon of
silence from multiple perspectives, this book shows how silence is used,
perceived and at times misinterpreted in intercultural communication. Using
a model of key aspects of silence in communication – linguistic, cognitive
and sociopsychological – and fundamental levels of social organization –
individual, situational and sociocultural - the book explores the intricate
relationship between perceptions and performance of silence in interaction
involving Japanese and Australian participants. Through a combination of
macro- and micro- ethnographic analyses of university seminar interactions,
the stereotypes of the 'silent East' is reconsidered, and the tension
between local and sociocultural perspectives of intercultural communication
is addressed. The book has relevance to researchers and students in
intercultural pragmatics, discourse analysis and applied linguistics.