"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.
Research Design and Methodology in Studies on L2 Tense and Aspect
Studies in Second and Foreign Language Education [SSFLE] 2
'Research Design and Methodology in Studies on Second Language Tense and Aspect' provides an up-to-date review of past and current methodologies for the study of the L2 acquisition of tense and aspect. More specifically, the book addresses the following issues related to the design of studies for research in tense and aspect:
- Theoretical frameworks (e.g., Are research questions investigated within one theoretical approach incompatible with other approaches?)
- Elicitation procedures (Do different types of tasks elicit different types of tense-aspect data?)
- Coding of data (e.g. How are lexical categories defined and coded?)
- Data analysis (e.g., What statistical tests are more appropriate to analyze language data?)
The volume provides new insights into the study of L2 tense-aspect by bringing together well renowned scholars with experience in the research design of research this area of the field.