"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 main focus of generative language development research in recent
decades has been the logical problem of language acquisition - how learners
go beyond the input to acquire complex linguistic knowledge. This
collection deals with the complementary issue of the developmental problem
of language acquisition: How do learners move from one developmental stage
to another and how and why do grammars develop in a certain fashion?
Building on considerable previous research, the authors address both
general and specific issues related to paths of development. These issues
are tackled through considering studies of L1 and L2 children and L2 adults
learning a range of languages including Dutch, English, French, German,
Greek and Japanese.
Table of contents
List of contributors vii–viii
Sharon Unsworth, Teresa Parodi, Antonella Sorace and Martha Young-Scholten
The acquisition of voice and transitivity alternations in Greek as native
and second language
Maria-Ianthi Tsimpli 15–55
Do root infinitives ever have an overt subject in child French?
Cécile De Cat 57–76
The roots of syntax and how they grow: Organic grammar, the basic variety
and processability theory
Anne Vainikka and Martha Young-Scholten 77–106
Neuter gender and interface vulnerability in child L2/2L1 Dutch
Aafke Hulk and Leonie Cornips 107–134
The development of PATHS: Spatial complexity and the multiple predicate
David Stringer 135–160
More evidence on the knowledge of unaccusativity in L2 Japanese
Makiko Hirakawa 161–186
Melinda Whong-Barr 187–199
Full transfer full access: A processing-oriented interpretation
Michael Sharwood Smith and John Truscott 201–216
Name index 217–219
Subject Index 221–222