"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.
Body, Language and Meaning in Conflict Situations
A semiotic analysis of gesture-word mismatches in Israeli-Jewish and Arab discourse
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This original research applies semiotics to linguistic and non-linguistic
segments in a text in search of potential correlations between them. The
resultant mapping is applied to cases of gesture-word mismatches that are
evident in conflict situations. The current study adopts the word systems
approach, a sign-based theory that is naturally designed for the analysis
of linguistic signs, and extends it to non-linguistic units, borrowing
analytical tools from the field of dance movement therapy. The variety of
interdisciplinary metaphorical and literal interpretations of the analyzed
signs enriches the theoretical framework and facilitates examination of the
instances of mismatches. Hence, this study makes a meaningful contribution
to the understanding of linguistic/non-linguistic mismatches in situations
of conflict. Further, it makes more general claims: the semiotic system
underlying this study paves the way for further research of correlations
(or lack thereof) between a range of phenomena cutting across sociology,
sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics and political science.