"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.
This volume propagates chunking as a means of developing lexico-grammatical
competence. It reviews in the first part the theoretical foundations
(Chunks, Input Processing, Processing Instruction, Construction Grammar)
and empirical results which influenced the compilation of the learning
environment on the DVD which accompanies the book. The second part
introduces the contents and structure of the learning environment and
discusses its use as a learning tool on the one and as a research tool
(through its e-learning-protocol features) on the other hand (including a
first tentative survey of tests already made). Subject matter of the
learning environment are German constructions with the auxiliary sein and a
(past or present) participle on the level of constructions, psych effect
verbs ("frighten verbs") serve as verbal fillers (a choice which allows to
emphasise the interaction between lexical meaning and morphosyntactic
structure). The DVD contains videos, photo sequences and animations with a
massive dose of possible chunks, and it guides the student to further
analysis by providing explicit knowledge bases in the form of lexical
entries, construction patterns, grammatical explanations, and background
Explanatory texts on the DVD are available in both German and English.