"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.
An Introduction to Spoken Language Processing and its Disorders
What biological factors make human communication possible? How do we
process and understand language? How does brain damage affect these
mechanisms, and what can this tell us about how language is organized in
the brain? The field of neurolinguistics seeks to answer these questions,
which are crucial to linguistics, psychology and speech pathology alike.
This textbook introduces the central topics in neurolinguistics: speech
recognition, word and sentence structure, meaning, and discourse - in both
'normal' speakers and those with language disorders. It moves on to
provide a balanced discussion of key areas of debate such as modularity and
the 'language areas' of the brain, 'connectionist' versus 'symbolic'
modelling of language processing, and the nature of linguistic and mental
representations. Making accessible over half a century of scientific and
linguistic research, and containing extensive study questions, it will be
welcomed by all those interested in the relationship between language and