"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.
Increasingly, children grow up hearing two languages from birth. This
comprehensive textbook explains how children learn to understand and speak
those languages. It brings together both established knowledge and the
latest findings about different areas of bilingual language development. It
also includes new analyses of previously published materials. The book
describes how bilingually raised children learn to understand and use
sounds, words and sentences in two languages. A recurrent theme is the
large degree of variation between bilingual children. This variation in how
children develop bilingually reflects the variation in their language
learning environments. Positive attitudes from the people in bilingual
children's language learning environments and their recognition that child
bilingualism is not monolingualism-times-two are the main ingredients
ensuring that children grow up to be happy and expert speakers of two