Studies in English Language: Medical Writing in Early Modern English (Hardback)
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Studies in English Language: Medical Writing in Early Modern English (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 03/02/2011
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Medical writing tells us a great deal about how the language of science has developed in constructing and communicating knowledge in English. 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 book presents results from large-scale empirical research on the new materials and provides a more detailed and diversified picture of domain-specific developments than any previous book. Three introductory chapters provide the sociohistorical, disciplinary and textual frame for nine empirical studies, which address a range of key issues in a wide variety of medical genres from fresh angles. The book is useful for researchers and students within several fields, including the development of special languages, genre and register analysis, (historical) corpus linguistics, historical pragmatics, and medical and cultural history.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521117661
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 640 g
Dimensions: 235 x 160 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'This volume casts new light on the evolution of English as the language of medicine, with data originating from the two-million word corpus of Early Modern English Medical Texts (EMEMT) for the period 1500-1700.' L'Analisi Linguistica E Letteraria
'... valuable conclusions about medical culture ... four appendices of raw data, stance markers, and a list of texts in the corpus; a very useful bibliography of primary and secondary sources follows.' Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
'This is a well-formed piece of research and opens up new avenues for the intratextual analysis of medical recipes.' Javier Perez-Guerra, Journal of English Language and Linguistics
'... brings together the scholarship of both medical historians and historical linguists ... provides multiple applications as a foundation to build upon and a research model for teachers of historical linguistics, and some applications as reference material for instructors of the History of the English Language.' Christina Francis, Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching (SMART)
"This volume casts new light on the evolution of English as the language of medicine, with data originating from the two-million word corpus of Early Modern English Medical Texts (EMEMT) for the period 1500-1700." L'Analisi Linguistica E Letteraria
"... valuable conclusions about medical culture ... four appendices of raw data, stance markers, and a list of texts in the corpus; a very useful bibliography of primary and secondary sources follows." Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
"This is a well-formed piece of research and opens up new avenues for the intratextual analysis of medical recipes." Javier Perez-Guerra, Journal of English Language and Linguistics
'... brings together the scholarship of both medical historians and historical linguists ... provides multiple applications as a foundation to build upon and a research model for teachers of historical linguistics, and some applications as reference material for instructors of the History of the English Language.' Christina Francis, Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching (SMART)

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