"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 Think-Aloud Controversy in Second Language Research
The Think-Aloud Controversy in Second Language Research aims to answer key
questions about the validity and uses of think-alouds, verbal reports
completed by research participants while they perform a task. It offers an
overview of how think-alouds have been used in language research and
presents a quantitative meta-analysis of findings from studies involving
verbal tasks and think-alouds. The book begins by presenting the
theoretical background and empirical research that has examined the
reactivity of think-alouds, then offers guidance regarding the practical
issues of data collection and analysis, and concludes with implications for
the use of think-alouds in language research. With its focus on a
much-discussed and somewhat controversial data elicitation method in
language research, this timely work is relevant to students and researchers
from all theoretical perspectives who collect first or second language
data. It serves as a valuable guide for any language researcher who is
considering using think-alouds.