"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.
Crosslinguistic Influence in Language and Cognition
This book is a cogent, clearly-written synthesis of new and classic work on
crosslinguistic influences on language and thought. Intended as a text for
upper-level undergraduates and graduate students, it will also serve as a
resource for instructors and scholars in applied linguistics, linguistics,
and psycholinguistics courses. This topic is a perennial favorite in
courses on bilingualism, psycholinguistics, and even cognitive psychology.
It has come into even sharper focus over the past decade with the rapid
increase in the availability of crosslinguistic data from languages other
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