"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.
Context, Individual Differences and Pragmatic Competence
Pragmatic competence plays a key role in the era of globalization where
communication across cultural boundaries is an everyday phenomenon. The
ability to use language in a socially appropriate manner is critical, as lack of it
may lead to cross-cultural miscommunication or cultural stereotyping. This book
describes second language learners’ development of pragmatic competence. It
proposes an original theoretical framework combining a pragmatics and
psycholinguistics approach, and uses a variety of research instruments, both
quantitative and qualitative, to describe pragmatic development over one year.
Situated in a bilingual university in Japan, the study reveals patterns of change
across different pragmatic abilities among Japanese learners of English. The
book offers implications for SLA theories, the teaching and assessment of
pragmatic competence, and intercultural communication.