"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.
Language Acquisition across Linguistic and Cognitive Systems
How and why do all children learn language? Why do some have difficulties
while others are early language learners? What are the consequences of
early bilingualism? Is it possible to reach native-like competence in a
foreign language? Although we still cannot fully answer these questions,
research during the last two decades has begun to solve some pieces of the
puzzle. This book proposes an interdisciplinary collection of writings from
some of the best specialists across several fields in cognitive science,
offering a wide sample of recent advances in the study of first language
acquisition, bilingualism, second language acquisition, and disorders of
oral language. It is addressed to all researchers and students interested
in language acquisition, as well as to teachers, clinicians and parents,
who will find therein many new findings and varied methodological
approaches, as well as challenging questions that are still debated and in
need of further research.