"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.
Originally published in 1973, this book is an account of how the child
learns the sound system of his native language, or how he learns to speak.
A theory of the acquisition of phonology is derived from a detailed and
rigorous analysis of the developing speech of a young child observed over a
period of two years. The details of this analysis are elaborated in depth
in chapters two and three and the major results of the study are given in
chapter four. The final chapter is devoted to the implications of language
acquisition for linguistic theory in general and generative phonology in
particular. In addition to the obvious relevance of this work to general
linguists and psychologists working on language acquisition, it was of
considerable importance to speech therapists and all those involved
medically with the observation and treatment of infant speech, in that it
provided a characterisation of normal development which could act as a
yardstick by which to measure abnormal or pathological conditions.