"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.
Einblicke in die Zweitspracherwerbsforschung und ihre methodischen Verfahren [Insights into Second Language Acquisition Research and Methods]
Research on German as a second language and multilingualism embraces a wide range of themes and issues that are investigated by various disciplines. Choices of research methodology here depend on research questions and theoretical framework conditions. In keeping with the diversity of issues and approaches, research on second language acquisition can employ a broad spectrum of methodological procedures. This volume addresses highly diverse empirical methods, the advantages and limitations of which are described by the authors with reference to concrete research projects. In this way the volume aims to provide insights into research on second language acquisitions in a multilingual society and to offer suggestions for further research projects.