"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.
How do bilinguals experience emotions? Do they perceive and express
emotions similarly or differently in their respective languages? Does the
first language remain forever the language of the heart? What role do
emotions play in second language learning and in language attrition? Why do
some writers prefer to write in their second language? In this provocative
and ground-breaking book, Pavlenko challenges the monolingual bias of
modern linguistics and psychology and uses the lens of bi- and
multilingualism to offer a fresh perspective on the relationship between
language and emotions. Bringing together insights from the fields of
linguistics, neurolinguistics, psychology, anthropology, psychoanalysis,
and literary theory, Pavlenko offers a unique and comprehensive
introduction to this cross-disciplinary movement. This is a highly readable
and thought provoking book that draws on empirical data and first hand
accounts and offers invaluable advice for novice researchers. It will
appeal to scholars and researchers across many discplines.