"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.
Information Highlighting in Advanced Learner English
The syntax-pragmatics interface in second language acquisition
This book presents the first detailed and comprehensive study of
information highlighting in advanced learner language, echoing the
increasing interest in questions of near-native competence in SLA research
and contributing to the description of advanced interlanguages. It examines
the production and comprehension of specific means of information
highlighting in English by native speakers and German learners of English
as a foreign language, presenting triangulated experimental and learner
corpus data as corroborating evidence. The study focuses on learners' use
of discourse-pragmatically motivated variations of the basic word order
such as inversion, preposing, and it- and wh-clefts, an
underexplored field in SLA research to date.The book also provides a
critical re-assessment of the study of pragmatics within SLA. It has
largely been neglected to date that L2 pragmatic knowledge includes more
than the sociopragmatic and pragmalinguistic abilities for understanding
and performing speech acts. Thus, the book argues for an extension of the
scope of inquiry in interlanguage pragmatics beyond the cross-cultural
investigation of speech acts. It also discusses pedagogical implications
for foreign language teaching and will be of interest to applied linguists
and SLA researchers, language teachers and curriculum designers.