"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.
Studies in French Applied Linguistics invites the reader to adopt a
broad perspective on applied linguistics, illustrating the fascinating
multifaceted work researchers are conducted in so many various,
inter-connected subfields. The five chapters of the first part are
dedicated to the first and second language acquisition of French in various
settings: First language acquisition by normal children from a generative
perspective and by children with Specific Language Impairment; second
language acquisition in Canadian immersion settings, from a neurolinguistic
approach to phonology and natural language processing and CALL. The six
chapters of the second part explore the contribution of French in various
subfields of applied linguistics such as an anthropological approach to
literacy issues in Guadeloupean Kréyòl, literacy issues in new
technologies, phonological and lexical innovations in the banlieues, French
in North Africa, language planning and policy in Quebec, as well as the
emerging field of forensic linguistics from an historical perspective.