"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.
The book is about the numeral classifier system and the acquisition of
Japanese classifiers by Japanese children.
The Acquisition of Japanese Numeral Classifiers consists of two parts.
First, it provides a general typological characterization of numeral
classifier phrases and discusses problems in determining what constitutes
the nature of classifiers. It also discusses the semantic properties of
numeral classifiers based on an analysis of four languages from four
different language families. Second, it examines the acquisitions of
Japanese numeral classifiers by Japanese preschool children, ages 3 to 6,
with a primary emphasis on the development of comprehension. The importance
of the study is that it reveals that young children have a much greater
sensitivity to the conceptual underpinnings of the numeral classifier
system than was previously considered to be the case. The research results
also provide a converging source of evidence that young children often come
to initially grasp the structure of the world in ways that are better
understood in cognitive than perceptual terms. The implications will
contribute to not only the area of language acquisition but also
categorization and conceptual development.
Of interest to: Libraries, Advanced Students and Researchers in General
Linguistics, Psycholinguistics, Typology, Japanese Studies