"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 Annual Review is devoted to research in the domain of first language acquisition, i.e., the process of acquiring command of a first language, and studies in which first language acquisition is compared to second language acquistion, as well as studies on language acquisition under abnormal conditions. It focuses on research which has been reported in recently defended Ph.D. theses. The major share of contributions to the yearbook consist of 10.000 word (approximately) excerpts from, or edited summaries of, dissertations addressing issues in first language acquisition, including bilingual first language acquisition.
Table of contents
Editorial note v
Optimality Theory and phonological acquisition
Paul Boersma and Claartje Levelt 1–50
Early foreign language education and metalinguistic development: A study of monolingual, bilingual and trilingual children on noun definition tasks
Krassimira Dimitrova Charkova 51–88
Language convergence and bilingual acquisition: The case of conditional constructions
Ee San Chen 89–137
The acquisition of inflectional prefixes in Nairobi Swahili
Kamil Ud Deen