"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.
The Sociolinguistic Competence of Immersion Students
This book reports the findings of an extensive research project on the
acquisition of the native norms of spoken French variation by French
immersion students who have learnt their second language primarily in an
educational context. The project focused on a range of phonetic, lexical
and grammatical sociolinguistic variants documented in studies of
contemporary first language varieties of spoken French, and assessed the
extent to which the students master the linguistic and extra-linguistic
factors which govern variant choice. The book also discusses pedagogical
strategies to improve the students’ mastery of spoken French variation. The
book represents an important contribution to an under-researched aspect of
advanced Second Language Acquisition in an institutional setting.