"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 considers politics as cooperative group action and takes the
position that forms of government can be posited on a continuum with endpoints
where governance is shared, and where hegemony dictates, ranging from
politics as interaction to politics as imposition. Similarly, dialogue and dialogic
action can be superimposed on the same continuum lying between truly
collaborative where co-participants exchange ideas in a cooperative manner and
dominated by an absolute position where dialogue proceeds along prescribed
paths. The chapters address the continuum between these endpoints and
present illuminating and persuasive analyses of dialogue in politics, covering
motions of support, the relationship between politics and the press, interviews,
debates, discussion forums and multimodal media analyses across different
discourse domains and different cultural contexts from Africa to the Middle
East, and from the United States to Europe.