"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.
Linguistic Insights. Studies in Language and Communication. Vol. 51
This volume explores the opportunities that spoken corpora offer and the
challenges of research with such corpora. The use and applications of
spoken corpora are discussed from the perspective of both language analysis
and language pedagogy. Twelve chapters written by corpus linguists analyse
an extensive number of spoken corpora based on the oral production of
speakers as varied as language learners, users of English as Lingua Franca,
native speakers, or speakers of English in academic contexts. This book
also highlights the growing emphasis on the use of corpus-based research by
examining the implications of corpus findings in educational settings.
María José Luzón/Mari Carmen Campoy/María Del Mar Sánchez/Patricia Salazar:
Spoken Corpora: New Perspectives in Oral Language Use and Teaching - Anna
Mauranen: Investigating English as a Lingua Franca with a Spoken Corpus -
Viviana Cortes/Eniko Csomay: Positioning Lexical Bundles in University
Lectures - Nancy Drescher: A Multi-dimensional Examination of Spoken
Language in U.S. Universities - Paula García: Pragmatics in Academic
Contexts: A Spoken Corpus Study - Javier Pérez Guerra: «Am I more complex
when I speak or when I write?» A Corpus-based Study on Linguistic
Complexity in Spoken and Written Present-day English - Amalia Mendes/Maria
Fernanda Bacelar Do Nascimiento: Grammaticalization Processes in a Spoken
Portuguese Corpus: Space, Time and Discourse - Yukio Tono: The Roles of
Oral L2 Learner Corpora in Language Teaching: The Case of the NICT JLE
Corpus - John Osborne: Investigating L2 Fluency through Oral Learner
Corpora - Winnie Cheng: «Sorry to Interrupt, but...» Pedagogical
Implications of a Spoken Corpus - Sylvie de Cock: Routinized Building
Blocks in Native Speaker and Learner Speech: Clausal Sequences in the
Spotlight - Fiona Farr: Spoken Language Analysis as an Aid to Reflective
Practice in Language Teacher Education: Using a Specialised Corpus to
Establish a Generic Fingerprint.