"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.
All over the world there are children who learn one (or more) language at
home and then have to learn another language when they attend school. In
some cases this is because children come from immigrant backgrounds; in
other cases children come from indigenous communities in countries which
have been colonised. This book illustrates the linguistic diversity that
can be found in such communities. It examines a wide range of factors which
relate to the divergence between home and school language for children
growing up in indigenous multilingual communities.
Children's Language and Multilingualism explains concisely and
clearly why educators, health specialists, government bodies and
politicians need to understand the importance of these differences for
children’s social and linguistic development, particularly in relation to
education and social policy. Never far from the surface are the
well-documented benefits of bi- and multilingualism in education nationally
and internationally. This accessible survey of the linguistic issues facing
children growing up in indigenous communities will be of interest to
advanced students and researchers of multilingualism and language acquisition.