"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.
This book provides a number of studies of different aspects of Swedish child language. Some of the thematic chapters present original, unpublished data: on the acquisition of tense, on the range and frequency of different word order patterns in early child Swedish, related to the input, meaning the language of adults talking to the children or in the presence of the children. The remaining chapters present overviews of previous research: on the acquisition of word formation rules, the noun phrase, and wh-questions. The introduction to this volume contains a concise overview of the basic features of Swedish grammar and a comprehensive overview of different Swedish child language corpora. The main body of research proceeds within a generative framework, but the text is designed to be accessible to researchers of different theoretical paradigms.
Table of contents
Introduction Gunlög Josefsson and Christer Platzack 1–21 Swedish language learner corpora Gisela Håkansson 23–29 The Acquisition of Tense Lisa Christensen 31–74 Word formation Ingmarie Mellenius 75–93 Input and output: Sentence Patterns in Child and Adult Swedish Gunlög Josefsson 95–133 The Verb Phrase Christer Platzack 135–154 Non-target Structures and Non-target Uses in Child and Adult Swedish Gunlög Josefsson 155–193 Nominal phrases Ute Bohnacker 195–260 The Acquisition of Swedish Wh-uestions Lynn Santelmann 261–307 Index 309