"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.
Annual Review of Language Acquisition Volume 1 (2001)
The Annual Review of Language Acquisition (ARLA) is devoted to research in the domain of first language acquisition, i.e., the process of acquiring command of a first language. It focuses on research that has been reported in recently defended PhD theses. The contributions in ARLA consist of edited summaries or excerpts from dissertations addressing issues in first language acquisition. These contributions are written by the original author of the dissertation and conform to the format of a journal article. ARLA publishes reports of original research pertaining to various approaches to first language acquisition: experimental, computational, clinical or theoretical.
Jill G.de Villiers; Mitsuhiko Ota; Joan Sawyer; Marja van Helden-Lankhaar.