"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.
Note: This is a new edition of a previously announced book.
Babies are not born talking, they learn language, starting immediately from
birth. How does this process take place? When do children master the skills
needed for using language successfully? What stages do they go through as
they learn to understand and talk? Do the languages they learn affect the
way they think? This new edition of Eve Clark's highly successful textbook
focuses on children’s acquisition of a first language, the stages of
development they go through, and how they use language as they learn. It
reports on recent findings in each area covered, includes a completely new
chapter on the acquisition of two languages and shows how speech to
children differs by social class. Skilfully integrating actual data with
coverage of current theories and debates, it is an essential guide to
studying language acquisition for those working in linguistics,
developmental psychology and cognitive science.