"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.
Reviewing and elaborating L. S. Vygotsky's view of language mediated
development, this work presents an extension of the Russian thinker's
developmental psycho-semiotics to an educational psycho-semiotics.
Interpreting original discussions of tool-mediation as developmental
mechanism, this book addresses the question of what occurs in the
interpersonal environment that enables the internalisation of tool and the
development of thinking. Filling in a gap in Vygotsky's theoretical framework,
it discusses in detail inter-psychological processes as the social origins of
changes in the intra-psychological domain.
Besides theoretical descriptions, this book also offers an original instrument
for educational research or practitioners' reflection of micro-genetic processes
of interaction and change. This instrument is then applied in interpretive
analyses of real-life classroom exchanges.
Contents: Psychological semiotics - Vygotsky - Language and thinking -
Language as psychological symbols - Mediated development - Theoretical
framework - Interpretive instrument - Interpretive analyses.