"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.
Cognitive Science and Second Language Acquisition Series
Exploring fluency from multiple vantage points that together constitute a
cognitive science perspective, this book examines research in second
language acquisition and bilingualism that points to promising avenues for
understanding and promoting second language fluency. Cognitive Bases of
Second Language Fluency covers essential topics such as units of analysis
for measuring fluency, the relation of second language fluency to general
cognitive fluidity, social and motivational contributors to fluency, and
neural correlates of fluency. The author provides clear and accessible
summaries of foundational empirical work on speech production,
automaticity, lexical access, and other issues of relevance to second
language acquisition theory. Cognitive Bases of Second Language Fluency is
a valuable reference for scholars in SLA, cognitive psychology, and
language teaching, and it can also serve as an ideal textbook for advanced
courses in these fields.