"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 extremely up-to-date book, "Speech Production and Second Language
Acquisition" is the first volume in the exciting new series, "Cognitive
Science and Second Language Acquisition." This new volume provides a
thorough overview of the field and proposes a new integrative model of how
L2 speech is produced.
The study of speech production is its own subfield within cognitive
science. One of the aims of this new book, as is true of the series, is to
make cognitive science theory accessible to second language acquisition.
"Speech Production and Second Language Acquisition" examines how research
on second language and bilingual speech production can be grounded in L1
research conducted in cognitive science and in psycholinguistics.
Highlighted is a coherent and straightforward introduction to the bilingual
lexicon and its role in spoken language performance.
Like the rest of the series, "Speech Production and Second Language
Acquisition" is tutorial in style, intended as a supplementary textbook for
undergraduates and graduate students in programs of cognitive science,
second language acquisition, applied linguistics, and language pedagogy.