"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.
Continuum Companion to Research Methods in Applied Linguistics
The essential guide to research methods for undergraduate and postgraduate
students in applied linguistics and language studies.
The Continuum Companion to Research Methods in Applied Linguistics is
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* qualitative and quantitative methods
* research techniques and approaches
* ethical considerations
* sample studies
* a glossary of key terms
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As well as covering a range of methodological issues it looks at numerous
areas in depth, including researching gender and language, language and
identity, pragmatics, vocabulary, and grammar. Comprehensive and
accessible, this will be the essential guide to research methods for
undergraduate and postgraduate students in applied linguistics and language