"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.
Computer-mediated Discourse and Interaction in Second and Foreign Language Learning and Teaching Guest Editors Lawrence Williams and Rémi A. van Compernolle
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Editorial This special issue highlights discourse and interaction in computer-mediated communication (CMC) language learning environments. Our decision to focus on this area was motivated by a desire to promote research that demonstrates and explores close analysis of discourse and the moment-by-moment processes involved in interpersonal communication. Although a growing amount of this type of research already exists, this branch of technology-enhanced language learning remains relatively unexplored because only recently, with the expansion of bandwidth, has communication networks in certain parts of the world become more possible and accessible. The articles in this special issue confirm that ‘the medium of communication does not appear to impair interaction, but rather seems to create a new environment with different features for the exchange and creation of information (e.g., Spears & Lea, 1994; Walther et al., 1994)’ (Salaberry, 2000, p. 33)…. Excerpt from Editorial by Lawrence Williams and Rémi A. van Compernolle, Guest Editors