"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.
Language Acquisition in Bilingual and Atypical Populations: Focus on Developmental Comparisons
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A Special Issue ofLanguage Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics
Language Acquisition in Bilingual and Atypical Populations: Focus on Developmental Comparisons Guest-Edited by Tania Ionin
This Special Issue investigates the theoretical mechanisms behind language development in different populations, addressing such empirical research questions as: • How does age affect linguistic development? • Is cross-linguistic transfer attested for different types of populations, such as simultaneous vs. sequential bilinguals? • Is there a critical period for language acquisition, and does it affect development as well as ultimate attainment? • What are the relative contributions of cognitive vs. linguistic maturity in the development of children with SLI, cognitive impairments or autism? • Is the source of language difficulty or language breakdown different across populations?