"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 Prefunctional Stage of First Language Acquisition
This book accounts for the early stages of first language acquisition within the Principles and Parameters framework. The main arguments concern the nature of early grammars in relation to the constraints that Universal Grammar imposes on them and in relation to the lack of parameterisation which, in turn, is based on the absence of the categories responsible for crosslinguistic variation, namely the set of functional categories. The argument regarding the absence of parameterisation gives rise to important predictions insofar as similarities across languages at the early stage of development are concerned. Accordingly, the theory is tested against acquisition data from a number of languages: English, French , Greek, German, Spanish, and Irish.