"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 book contains contributions by scholars working on diverse aspects of
speech who bring their findings to bear on the practical issue of how to
treat stuttering in different language groups and in multilingual speakers.
The book considers classic issues in speech production research, as well as
whether regions of the brain that are affected in people who stutter relate
to areas used intensively in fluent bilingual speech. It then reviews how
formal language properties and differential use of parts of language affect
stuttering in English, and then compares these findings to work on
stuttering in a variety of languages. Finally, the book addresses
methodological issues to do with studies on bilingualism and stuttering;
and discusses which approach is appropriate in the treatment of bilingual
and multilingual people who stutter.