"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.
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Journal of Language Aggression and Conflict
Language studies have for years tended to concentrate on the analysis of harmonious interactions. However, more recently, the study of acrimonious interaction has started gathering momentum. So the launching of the Journal of Language Aggression and Conflict (John Benjamins) is a timely event to give center stage to research focusing on the language of conflict and aggression.
For more information please visit http://benjamins.com/#catalog/journals/jlac/main
The first volume is coming out in June 2013.
We would like to invite scholars working in these areas to contribute research papers or book reviews for the third or subsequent volumes. The journal is peer-reviewed and is published bi-annually (March and August). The third volume is due March 2014. Interested colleagues are invited to submit their contributions by the end of December 2013.
For questions, please contact: Pilar Garcés Blitvich (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Maria Sifianou (email@example.com)
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