"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.
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Frontiers in Psychology
Abstracts are invited for a Frontiers Research Topic called 'Acquisition in Contact', to be published in Frontiers in Psychology, division of Language Sciences. The research topic asks: What are the roles of different age groups in contact-induced language change? It will provide multiple perspectives on the under-studied area of child language development in complex multilingual or multidialectal (multi-codal) contexts, bridging boundaries between sociolinguistics, language acquisition, psycholinguistics and linguistic anthropology.
The mechanisms of how language use transitions across generations are not well understood. Specifically, the role of different age cohorts in creating linguistic innovation vs conserving prior conventions in complex environments has received little attention. Research from diverse perspectives - creoles, mixed languages, sign languages, koines, single language contexts - suggests that change takes place in social interaction, but with differing roles for age.
Some multiple-code contexts are relatively linguistically stable, some of the codes are endangered, and in some communities new codes are being created. Most often the sociolinguistic motivations for contact-induced language change are hypothesized long after the change has taken place, but we are now able to observe contexts in which change is underway or in which the potential for change appears to be immediate.
Papers that contribute from a range of linguistic and linguistic anthropological perspectives and methods are invited. The deadline for submissions is March 14, 2014.
For more information, including about the Frontiers publication method, please go to http://www.frontiersin.org/language_sciences/researchtopics/acquisition_in_contact/2401