"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.
Cognitive Linguistics and Second Language Learning
This book illustrates the ways that cognitive linguistics, a relatively new
paradigm in language studies, can illuminate and facilitate language research
and teaching. The first part of the book introduces the basics of cognitive
linguistic theory in a way that is geared toward second language teachers and
researchers. The second part of the book provides experimental evidence of the
usefulness of applying cognitive linguistics to the teaching of English. Included
is a thorough review of the existing literature on cognitive linguistic applications
to teaching and cognitive linguistic-based experiments. Three chapters report
original experiments which focus on teaching modals, prepositions and
syntactic constructions, elements of English that learners tend to find
challenging. A chapter on “future directions” reports on an innovative analysis of
English conditionals. Pedagogical aids such as diagrams and sample exercises
round out this pioneering and innovative text.