"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.
This study is on the relation between developmental dyslexia and language
comprehension. It provides novel evidence that children with dyslexia
experience difficulties in the comprehension of sentences containing
ambiguous pronouns, imperfective sentences, and sentences containing a
universal quantifier. This evidence is used to formulate an hypothesis
about the cognitive impairment underlying dyslexia. The result is the
verbal Working Memory Deficit Hypothesis, according to which dyslexia is
associated with a deficit affecting the verbal component of the Working
Memory system. The study capitalizes on insights from both formal
linguistics and developmental psychology. It is thus of interest to
psychologists as well as to formal linguists.