"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.
The main focus of this collection is to explore the question of
'representational deficits' in second language acquisition, currently a
much-debated topic. The volume is intended as a tribute to Roger Hawkins, a
leading scholar in generative second language acquisition, whose research
has been devoted to explaining lack of native-like success in terms of
representational deficits. The papers in this volume feature a range of
studies, all undertaken within a generative linguistic framework, which
investigate various properties of L2 grammar bearing on the question of
whether or not there are representational deficits in the
post-critical-period L2 learners' grammar. The significance of such
deficits, if their existence can be confirmed, is that they provide support
for the claim, at least for the type of L2 learner under investigation,
that there are insurmountable obstacles to ultimate attainment.