"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.
Collocations are both pervasive in language and difficult for language
learners, even at an advanced level. In this book, these difficulties are
for the first time comprehensively investigated. On the basis of a learner
corpus, idiosyncratic collocation use by learners is uncovered, the
building material of learner collocations examined, and the factors that
contribute to the difficulty of certain groups of collocations identified.
An extensive discussion of the implications of the results for the foreign
language classroom is also presented, and the contentious issue of the
relation of corpus linguistic research and language teaching is thus
extended to learner corpus analysis.
Collocations in native and non-native speaker language 1–10
Investigating collocations in a learner corpus 11–63
The use of collocations by advanced learners 65–163
Building material of non-native-like collocations 165–198
Factors correlating with learners' difficulties with collocations 199–236
Implications of the findings 237–273
Appendix I 321
Appendix II 323