"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.
Recent Research in Second Language Phonetics/Phonology: Perception and Production
Recent Research in Second Language Phonetics/Phonology: Perception and
Production reports the findings of seventeen interphonology studies on
perception/production of sounds by different first language speakers. All
the papers describe careful empirical research, and as such will be of
great interest to anyone working, or intending to work, in the specific
field of second language phonological acquisition. However, given that
speech production and perception are highly complex skills, the research
findings in this volume will also be relevant to those with a broader
interest in language learning or cognition in general.