"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.
Do you usually think you are being understood? Do you think you really
understand others? Have you, as many have, become so accustomed to
confusion that you don't recognize it except when it is extreme? This book
identifies and addresses some of the sources of confusion in discourse and
offers ways of diminishing it.
Confusing Discourse is intended primarily for graduate students of language
in linguistics, foreign languages, and in communication departments.
However it may also be found useful to advanced undergraduates focusing on
confusing discourse, understood as part of the phenomenon of discourse in
general. This book may also be recommended to anyone trying to find out how
language works and how its use and abuse relates to palpable everyday life