"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.
Existential quantifiers in second language acquisition: A feature reassembly account Kook-Hee Gil and Heather Marsden 117 – 149
Gender assignment and gender agreement in adult bilinguals and second language learners of French Tania Kupisch, Deniz Akpınar and Antje Stöhr 150 – 179
Universal Minimal Structure: Evidence and theoretical ramifications Anne Vainikka and Martha Young-Scholten 180 – 212
Examining second language development using event-related potentials: A cross-sectional study on the processing of gender and number agreement Alison Gabriele, Robert Fiorentino and José Alemán Bañón 213 – 232
Losing their (passive) voice: Syntactic neutralization in heritage German Michael T. Putnam and Joseph C. Salmons 233 – 252