"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.
In faint praise of folly: A critical review of native/non-native speaker comparisons, with examples from native and bilingual processing of French complex syntax David Birdsong and Libby M. Gertken 107 – 133
Social-interactional approaches to SLA: A state of the art and some future perspectives Simona Pekarek Doehler 134 – 160
Convergence and divergence in the acquisition of French liaison by native and non-native speakers: A review of existing data and avenues for future research Sophie Wauquier and Ellenor M. Shoemaker 161 – 189
La liaison en français langue seconde: Une étude longitudinale préliminaire Martin Howard 190 – 231
Acquisition of grammatical gender and number agreement in Swedish learners of L2 Italian: Regularity and frequency effects Anna Gudmundson 232 – 255
Exploring the upper limits of the Aspect Hypothesis: Tense-aspect morphology in the advanced English L2 variety Alexandra Vraciu 256 – 290
Fluence et prononciation de phonèmes en L1 et L2: Indices de performance en lecture à voix haute selon l’environnement familial Lucie Vialettes-Basmoreau et Nathalie Spanghero-Gaillard 291 – 312