"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.
Introducing Pragmatics in Use is a lively and accessible introduction to
pragmatics, which both covers theory and applies it to real spoken and
Pragmatics is the study of language in context, yet most textbooks rely on
invented language examples. This innovative textbook systematically draws
on language corpora to illustrate features such as creativity in small talk or
how we apologise in English. The authors investigate the pragmatic
implications of the globalization of the English language and focus on the
applications of pragmatics for teaching languages. In addition, a practical
chapter on researching pragmatics aimed at developing students’ research
skills is included.
With a range of tasks aimed at putting theory into practice and chapter by
chapter further reading recommendations, this is the ideal textbook for
advanced undergraduate or postgraduate students of pragmatics and corpus
linguistics within applied language/linguistics or TEFL/TESOL degrees.