"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 volume consists of a collection of papers that focus on
structural/grammatical aspects of the process of first language attrition. It
presents an overview of current research, methodological issues and important
questions regarding first language attrition. In particular, it addresses the two
most prominent issues in current L1 attrition research: Can attrition effects
impact on features of core syntax, or are they limited to interface phenomena?,
and; What is the role of age at onset (pre-/post-puberty) in this regard?
By investigating attrition in a variety of settings, from a case study of a Spanish-
speaking adoptee in the US to an empirical investigation of more than 50 long-
term attriters of Turkish in the Netherlands, the investigations presented take a
new perspective on these issues.
Originally published in Language, Interaction and Acquisition - Langage,
Interaction et Acquisition 2:2 (2011).