"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 explores an understudied area of language development in autism –
namely, how children with autism learn the meaning of verbs. The key feature is
a profile of verb acquisition in autism derived from qualitative analysis of the
conversational language of ten children with autism. Douglas examines whether
this profile is typical or atypical compared with verb learning in neurotypical
children. Verb use is central to linguistic development, and the ability of children
with autism to develop and use verb categories is of interest, because verbs
also encode information about the number and type of participants and the
temporal location of the activity/event. Moreover, the acquisition of verb
meanings is often dependent on other cognitive skills, such as the recognition
that human beings have beliefs and desires which motivate their actions. All
these are areas which are widely considered problematic for children with autism
and continue to generate much discussion among researchers and clinicians.
This investigation is among the first studies of its type, offering new insights
into the process of language acquisition in autism.