"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.
Using Priming Methods in Second Language Research is an accessible
introduction to the use of auditory, semantic, and syntactic priming
methods for second language (L2) processing and acquisition research. It
provides a guide for the use, design, and implementation of priming tasks
and an overview of how to analyze and report priming research. Key
principles about auditory, semantic, and syntactic priming are introduced,
and issues for L2 researchers to consider when designing priming studies
are pointed out. Empirical studies that have adopted priming methods are
highlighted to illustrate the application of experimental techniques from
psychology to L2 processing and acquisition research. Each chapter
concludes with follow-up questions and activities that provide additional
reinforcement of the chapter content, while the final chapter includes data
sets that can be used to practice the statistical tests commonly used with