"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.
Language development, interaction, and maintenance in sign language contact situations
This volume provides a unique cross-disciplinary perspective on the
external ecological and internal psycholinguistic factors that determine
sign bilingualism, its development and maintenance at the individual and
societal levels. Multiple aspects concerning the dynamics of contact
situations involving a signed and a spoken or a written language are
covered in detail, i.e. the development of the languages in bilingual deaf
children, cross-modal contact phenomena in the productions of child and
adult signers, sign bilingual education concepts and practices in diverse
social contexts, deaf educational discourse, sign language planning and
interpretation. This state-of-the-art collection is enhanced by a final
chapter providing a critical appraisal of the major issues emerging from
the individual studies in the light of current assumptions in the broader
field of contact linguistics. Given the interdependence of research, policy
and practice, the insights gathered in the studies presented are not only
of scientific interest, but also bear important implications concerning the
perception, understanding and promotion of bilingualism in deaf individuals
whose language acquisition and use have been ignored for a long time at the
socio-political and scientific levels.