"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.
The Development of Grammar
Language acquisition and diachronic change. In honour of Jürgen M. Meisel
This volume focuses on different aspects of language development. The
contributions are concerned with similarities and differences between
first and second language acquisition, the acquisition of sentence
structure and functional categories, cross-linguistic influence in
bilingual first language acquisition as well as the relation between
language acquisition, language contact and diachronic change. The
recurrent topic of the volume is the link between linguistic variation and
the limitation of structural variability in the framework of a well-defined
theory of language. In this respect, the volume opens up new
perspectives for future research.