"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.
Language Disabilities in Cultural and Linguistic Diversity
Language Disabilities in Cultural and Linguistic Diversity takes a critical
perspective on traditional bio-cognitive-social approaches to language
disabilities – specific language impairment, communication difficulties,
dyslexia and deafness. A socio-cultural approach orientates a
reinterpretation of research, educational practices and policies in
assessment, teaching and intervention. A Vygotskian framework affords
repositioning of assessment, learning and development for language
disabilities as they are influenced and shaped by experiences of
multilingualism, culture, ethnicity and race. The author, rather than
present definitive answers, aims to offer new analyses and extend current
understanding of linguistic phenomena fraught by dilemmas of disentangling
diversity and disability. The volume serves as a source of reflection and
inquiry for students, professionals and policy makers in education and
health who are interested in disability and language disabilities in
multilingual and multicultural contexts.