"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.
Will the field of second language acquisition adopt a biological perspective? The authors of this cutting edge book hope so. Research points to a link between certain neurobiological mechanisms and second language acquisition. Trained in neurobiology, the authors of this book use science to develop biological accounts of various aspects of learning. In each chapter, one adult second language acquisition case illustrates the acquisition and use of four language learning processes--motivation, procedural and declarative memory, memory consolidation and attention. Learning is mediated by the brain. Therefore, while behavioral theories have been successful at focusing language learning research, these models ultimately have to be answerable to the brain’s structure and function. The Neurobiology of Learning: Perspectives from Second Language Acquisition describes and integrates a number of neurobiological mechanisms that underlie the various cognitive processes of second language learning.
This book assumes some background in the fundamentals of neurobiology. It will be of interest to researchers and students in the fields of applied linguistics, neuroscience, and cognitive science. It could also be used as recommended reading for graduate courses in neurolinguistics, language pathology and rehabilitation.