"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.
A detailed examination of how children with pathology ranging from autism
to asphasia find their way towards speech. The author emphasizes that a
child's trouble can stem from different causes: there are neurological
problems similar to those of aphasia; there are cognitive impairments; and,
of course, there are psychological disorders. Professor Danon-Boileau
argues that language disorders today are too often considered from one
particular point of view-sometimes psychological, sometimes neurological.
In order to understand the possible causes of, and solutions to, these
disorders, it is necessary to take into account the interaction of these
two elements. Those who have effectively worked with speechless children
know all too well that their pathology and behaviour do not necessarily fit
into general nosographic descriptive categories.
The originality of this book is that it gives a concrete and precise
narrative of six individual case studies and tries to draw general
conclusions from both a linguistic and a psychoanalytic point of view, thus
reflecting the wide-ranging expertise of the author. It will be essential
reading for professionals within the field of psychoanalysis and speech
therapy; academics and students in language acquisition, speech therapy,
and developmental psychology; as well as parents who are concerned with
their children's language development.