"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.
Both song and language require species-specific stimulation at a sensitive
period in development, as well as subsequent practice (subsong and plastic
song in birds and babbling in infant humans) that leads to the development
of characteristic vocalizations for each species. This book illustrates how
social interactions during development can shape vocal learning and extend
the sensitive period beyond infancy, and how social companions can induce
flexibility even into adulthood. This book shows how social companions in a
wide range of species including birds and humans as well as cetaceans and
nonhuman primates play important roles in the shaping of vocal production
as well as the comprehension and appropriate use of vocal communication.