"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 relationship between language and other aspects of conceptual
development is one of the central issues in child language acquisition. One
view holds that language is a special capacity, separate from other areas
of cognition and learning. Another maintains that language is part of a
larger, more general cognitive system, and is crucially dependent on other
Recent research has turned to blind children and their acquisition of
language as a way of evaluating whether and how language development relies
on the non-linguistic context. Vision and the Emergence of Meaning
addresses this complex problem through a detailed empirical analysis of
early language development in a group of blind, partially sighted and fully
sighted children who took part in a pioneering longitudinal investigation
at the University of Southern California. By exploring the strategies which
blind children bring to selected aspects of the language learning task,
Anne Dunlea not only identifies some important differences between blind
and sighted children, but also offers new insights on semantic and
pragmatic development in general. Further, the study demonstrates the role
of conceptual information in language learning and, at a more fundamental
level, reveals a convergence of early language and conceptual development.