"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 Linguistics, Neurology, and Politics of Phonics
This book explores the driving forces behind the current
government-sponsored resurrection of phonics, and the arguments used to
justify it. It examines the roles played by three key factors--corporate
America, politicians, and state-supported reading researchers--in the
formulation of what Strauss terms the neophonics political program.
Offering up-to-date information and an original critique, this book makes
two important contributions. One is the policy analysis linking government
agencies, policymakers, and corporate interests. The second is the
neurological and linguistic treatment of why traditional phonics programs
are not the solution and why the rhetoric developed to support their
resurgence is so far off the mark. This volume is essential for
researchers, students, and teachers of literacy and reading, and for anyone
seeking to understand what is happening in U.S. public schools today.