"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.
Texture – the quality that makes a text ‘hang together’ as a text – is a
key focus of investigation in discourse analysis. This volume provides a
systematic overview of recent research on textual resources that are used
to construct texture, and on the ways in which these resources are deployed
differently in different text types. Theme is the major resource that is
explored in the first part of the book. The opening papers set out the
current understanding of Theme and explore aspects of the concept which
remain controversial in the field. This is followed by an examination of
thematic choices in a range of text types. Issues raised include the
different kinds of meanings appearing in Theme which are particularly
significant for each genre, the ways in which these relate to the broader
socio-cultural context, and the ways in which thematic choices interact
with other kinds of texturing. In the second part of the collection, the
scope widens to include an examination of other resources, particularly the
contribution to texture made by patterns of interpersonal choices, in Theme
and more broadly across texts as a whole. The volume closes with an
overview and illustration of a methodological approach by which our
understanding of texturing can be further extended.