"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
introductory textbook shows how children learn to understand and speak
those languages against the backdrop of their language learning
environments. A narrative around the bilingual development of four young
children with different language profiles helps to explain the latest
research findings in a lively and accessible manner. The narrative
describes how bilingually raised children learn to understand and use
sounds, words and sentences in two languages, and how they are able to use
each of their languages in socially appropriate ways. Positive attitudes
towards bilingual development from the people in bilingual children's
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 languages.