"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.
Phonological Development: The Origins of Language in the Child
This is the first book length survey of and introduction to the study of
the child's acquisition of phonology. It contrasts data-based
interactionist, cognitive models of phonological development with earlier
deductive behaviourist and structuralist accounts. Setting these models in
current neurophysiological perspectives, it integrates the flourishing
independent research areas of infant speech perception and vocal
production. The book traces the nature and timing of prosodic and segmental
development with due attention to evidence of individual differences and
from cross-linguistic studies. It describes the emergence of first words
and the first phonological system against the background of the child's
social and cognitive development in the first eighteen months.