"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.
Until recently, the history of debates about language and thought has been a
history of thinking of language in the singular. The purpose of this volume is to
reverse this trend and to begin unlocking the mysteries surrounding thinking and
speaking in bi- and multilingual speakers. If languages influence the way we
think, what happens to those who speak more than one language? And if they
do not, how can we explain the difficulties second language learners experience
in mapping new words and structures onto real-world referents? The contributors
to this volume put forth a novel approach to second language learning,
presenting it as a process that involves conceptual development and
restructuring, and not simply the mapping of new forms onto pre-existing