"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.
"Researching Collocations in Another Language" helps us understand more
deeply why collocation knowledge and performance are one of the most
fascinating (and at times frustrating) challenges that second language
users face. This volume brings together 12 studies from Asia, Europe and
North America, divided into four sets: (i) using learner corpora to
identify patterns of L2 collocation use, (ii) developing appropriate L2
collocation dictionary and classroom materials, (iii) investigating how
learners' L2 collocation knowledge can be assessed, and (iv) exploring how
learners develop their L2 collocation knowledge and use.
Each set of studies includes three research chapters and a critical
commentary written by experts in the respective field. The book also
features an introduction to second language collocation research, and a
thought-provoking conclusion chapter on wider issues and challenges. The
volume thus offers teachers, researchers, and graduate students a highly
valuable and critical focus on second language collocation knowledge and