"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.
Many children and adults experience significant breakdown in the use of
language. The resulting pragmatic disorders present a considerable barrier
to effective communication. This book is the first critical examination of
the current state of our knowledge of pragmatic disorders and provides a
comprehensive overview of the main concepts and theories in pragmatics. It
examines the full range of pragmatic disorders that occur in children and
adults and discusses how they are assessed and treated by clinicians.
Louise Cummings attempts to integrate the fields of pragmatics, language
pathology and cognitive science by examining the ways in which pragmatics
can make a useful contribution to debates about cognitive theories of
autism. The reader is encouraged to think in a critical fashion about how
clinicians, experimentalists and theorists deal with pragmatic issues.