"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 volume deals with the relationship between dialogue and rhetoric. The
actual state of the art in dialogue analysis is characterized by a tendency
to overcome the distinction between competence and performance and to
combine components from both sides of the dichotomy, in a way which
includes rules as well as inferences. The same is true of rhetoric: the
guidelines proposed here no longer state that rationality and persuasion
are mutually exclusive but suggest that they interact in what might be
called the ‘mixed game’. The concept of a dialogic rhetoric thus poses the
question of how to integrate the different voices. Part I of the volume
assembles several ‘rhetorical paradigms’ which are applied to real-life
performance. Part II on ‘rhetoric in the mixed game’ contains a selection
of papers which illustrate the interaction of various components. The Round
Table discussion in Part III brings proponents of different paradigms face
to face with each other and shows how they justify their own positions and
present arguments against rival paradigms.