"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.
Language disorders in children are one of the most frequent causes of difficulties in communication, social interaction, learning and academic achievement. It has been estimated that over 5% of children present with some kind of language disorder. This volume illustrates the state of the art in neurogenic language disorders in children. The most recent findings about acquired epileptiform aphasias (from Landau-Kleffner syndrome to autistic regression) are presented and discussed. Language disorders in children with early brain lesions are reviewed in relation to the side of the lesion and their epileptic correlates (e.g., paroxysmal abnormalities during NREM sleep). New clinical reports are presented and a large discussion is held on language disorders due to malformation or tumor lesions localized to the Posterior Fossa. The last part of the volume reviews the state of the art on some of the most debated clinical neurolinguistic pictures of developmental age such as crossed aphasia in children, the modality and types of aphasia recovery in children and persistent acquired childhood aphasia.
This volume is the fifth in a series of books commissioned by the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics and published by Elsevier Ltd.
Neurogenic Language Disorders in Children: An Introduction. (F. Fabbro). Pathophysiological Basis of Aphasia and Verbal Outome in Landau-Kleffner Syndrome. (M-N Metz-Lutz, S. Majerus). Acquired Language Disorders and Epilepsy: From Landau ?Kleffner Syndrome to Autistic Regression. (R. Tuchman). Persistent Subtle Language and Learning Deficits in a Child with Acquired Epileptiform Opercular Syndrome. (P. Cipriani et al.). Cerebral Language Lateralization and Early Linguistic in Children with Focal Brain Lesions. (Anna M. Chilosi et al.). Language Disorders Associated with Paroxysmal Abnormalities during NREM Sleep After Very Early Brain Lesions. (F. Fabbro et al.). Language and Phonological Awareness Abilities of Children treated for Posterior Fossa Tumor. (B.E. Murdoch, K.M. Docking, E.C. Ward). Language Development in Children with Cerebellar Malformations. (R. Borgatti et al.). Crossed Aphasia in Children. (P. Marien et al.). Recognizable Spontaneous Language Characteristics in a Young Adult Twelve Years After She Became Aphasic as a Child. (P.F. Paquier et al.). Recovery From Aphasia After Polytrauma in a Czech Child: What is Lost and What is Left. (Helena Leheckova). Persistent Acquired Childhood Aphasia.(I.P. Martins).