"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.
Adults tend to take language for granted - until they have to learn a new
one. Then they realize how difficult it is to get the pronunciation right,
to acquire the meaning of thousands of new words, and to learn how those
words are put together to form sentences. Children, however, have mastered
language before they can tie their shoes. In this engaging and accessible
book, William O'Grady explains how this happens, discussing how children
learn to produce and distinguish among sounds, their acquisition of words
and meanings, and their mastery of the rules for building sentences. How
Children Learn Language provides readers with a highly readable overview
not only of the language acquisition process itself, but also of the
ingenious experiments and techniques that researchers use to investigate
his mysterious phenomenon. It will be of great interest to anyone - parent
or student - wishing to find out how children acquire language.