"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.
This book deals with the question of how children exposed to two languages
simultaneously from birth learn to speak those two languages. After a
critical and comprehensive survey of most of the literature on the subject,
the author concludes that empirically well-documented knowledge in this
area is very scant indeed. The core of the book concerns a naturalistic
study of a Dutch-English bilingual girl around the age of three. The
study's main aim is to explore the nature of early bilingual
morphosyntactic development. Detailed analyses of most aspects of this
development show that a child who hears two separate languages spoken to
her reflects this distinctness in the utterances she produces: each
language is handled as a system in its own right. Furthermore, the young
bilingual three-year-old greatly resembles her monolingual peers in either
language. Both these findings, the author concludes, highlight the
language-specific nature of the morphosyntactic development process. This
book will interest linguists, psycholinguists, developmental psychologists,
and child language specialists.