"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 Child Language Reader is the essential guide for students of child language acquisition and development.
Focusing on the important contemporary issues and debates in the field, the book draws together key articles and places them within their thematic and social contexts. Packed with editorial material to help students to navigate the diverse practical and theoretical strands of child language, it also offers clear explanations of essential terminology and concepts. Features include: DT a general introduction exploring and explaining current issues and debates DT organization into eight thematic sections, each with an editor's introduction DT a comprehensive bibliography and suggestions for further reading.