"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 remarkable way in which young children acquire language has long
fascinated linguists and developmental psychologists alike. Language is a
skill that we have essentially mastered by the age of three, and with
incredible ease and speed, despite the complexity of the task. This
accessible textbook introduces the field of child language acquisition,
exploring language development from birth into the early childhood years.
Setting out the key theoretical debates, it considers questions such as
what characteristics of the human mind make it possible to acquire
language; how far acquisition is biologically programmed and how far it is
influenced by our environment; what makes second language learning (in
adulthood) different from first language acquisition; and whether the
specific stages in language development are universal across languages.
Clear and comprehensive, it is set to become a key text for all courses in
child language acquisition, within linguistics, developmental psychology
and cognitive science.