"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.
Email - SMS - MMS
The Linguistic Creativity of Asynchronous Discourse in the New Media Age
Linguistic Insights. Studies in Language and Communication. Vol. 58
Are email and SMS forms of writing or speech? This question cannot be
answered easily because their registers are hybrid; they make use of both
orality and literacy. This book offers an accurate placement of emails and
text messages along the written/spoken continuum. Emails and text messages
are also compared to letters and phone calls while a closer comparison of
SMS and telegrams shows how far text messaging can be regarded as a
renaissance of telegrams. Attention is further paid to multimedia messaging
and questions concerning the proportion of image to text, picture
categories as well as MMS dialogues are approached. The book finally
comments on linguistic changes and deals with the German language
community's concern with regard to the increasing use of Anglicisms.
Private email and text messages (SMS): linguistic features of the involved
written but conceptually oral language; syntactic and lexical reductions;
spelling tendencies and rules; emoticons - A comparison between single and
linked SMS as well as between SMS and telegrams - A discussion of Koch and
Oesterreicher's model; email and SMS dialogues; email and text messages
compared to letter mail and telephone conversation; gratification and media
richness theory - MMS: proportion of image to text, picture categories, MMS
dialogues - Linguistic changes: new trends - old features; Anglicisms in
(Swiss-)German emails and text messages.