"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.
Developmental and Crosslinguistic Perspectives in Learner Corpus Research
This volume provides a state-of-the-art overview of current research and
developments on the use of learner corpora perceived from developmental
and crosslinguistic perspectives. The book is divided into two parts. The
eleven contributions of Part I investigate the development of English
language skills of young learners across seven countries/regions on the basis
of a new corpus resource called the International Corpus of Crosslinguistic
Part II contains seven papers devoted to other varieties of learner corpora,
especially spoken learner corpora and learner corpora of languages other than
English. Presenting original research in corpus linguistics, this book will be of
interest to researchers and postgraduates in the fields of learner corpus
research and second language acquisition and those who wish to apply
corpus methodology in teaching and learning.
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