"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.
The critical period and parameter setting in five cases of delayed L1 acquisition Mark Patkowski 1 – 21
On the optionality in L2 pronominal production and interpretation: What (more) can VP-coordination structures tell us? Alexandra Prentza and Ianthi Maria Tsimpli 22 – 46
Event linearization in advanced L2 user discourse: Evidence for language-specificity in the discourse of Czech and Hungarian learners of English Norbert Vanek 47 – 80
Metalinguistic awareness in children with differing language learning experience Angela Tellier and Karen Roehr-Brackin 81 – 108
Methods for studying the acquisition of a new language under controlled input conditions: The VILLA project Christine Dimroth, Rebekah Rast, Marianne Starren and Marzena Watorek 109 – 138
Initial processing of morphological marking in nonnative language acquisition: Evidence from French and German learners of Polish Johanna Hinz, Carina Krause, Rebekah Rast, Ellenor M. Shoemaker and Marzena Watorek 139 – 175
Attitudes, affect and ideal L2 self as predictors of willingness to communicate Yoko Munezane 176 – 198
Towards an understanding of the impact of intensity and diversity of contact with the TL during study abroad on the construction of identity: The case of non-native speaker teachers of English Anne Marie Devlin 199 – 225
Topic management in French L2: A longitudinal conversation analytic study Clelia König 226 – 250