"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.
This volume looks at the development of linguistic competence and
convergence in second language acquisition by analysing the acquisition of
complex syntax by non-native learners of Spanish. It looks at the knowledge
that is transferred from the native language and the changes that occur as
learners become more proficient. It focuses on a particular class of grammatical
constructions that are central to understanding the transition from simple to
complex syntax in language development: Control, Raising and Exceptional
Case Marking structures. Theoretical syntax has dealt extensively with the
properties of these constructions. As well as a comprehensive review of
seminal and current theories, this volume presents an empirical study informed
by these theories that ultimately seeks to bridge the gap between linguistic
theory and its applications.