"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.
I am researching the acquisition of pronominal objects of prepositions in L2 English of native Spanish speakers for my master's thesis in linguistics. For example, Spanish speakers have the tendency to say; ''I want to go with she.'' Instead of, ''I want to go with her.'' substituting the subject form for the object form. Does anyone know of some studies that have been done in this area? They don't have to be regarding Spanish speakers' acquisition of English, but that would be helpful.