"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.
Production-Comprehension Asymmetries in Child Language
This book summarizes papers from the workshop 'Production-Comprehension
Asymmetries in Child Language' held in Osnabrück in 2009. The starting point of
the workshop was the observation that children's production skills appear to
precede their comprehension skills in a number of phenomena, e.g. pronouns or
negation. The volume provides cross-linguistic evidence for such asymmetric
development and investigates grammatical and methodical explanations of the