"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.
Multiple Perspectives on Interaction
Second Language Research in Honor of Susan M. Gass
This collection in honor of Susan M. Gass focuses on interaction in second
language acquisition from multiple perspectives. It includes contributions
from many international experts in the field of SLA, providing new
insights, explanations, discussion, and suggestions for further research.
The goal of this collection is to provide an enriching discussion of how
the interaction research tradition is viewed in a range of different
approaches to learning and teaching second languages.