"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.
Musik und Sprachprosodie [Music and Speech Prosody]
This study is the first to examine the prosodic structure of everyday sung
language and its relevance for language acquisition. Using extensive authentic
recordings in German, Russian and French, the author demonstrates how
language and music interact with each other and how singing promotes small
children's acquisition of language. The book provides far-reaching insights into
the interfaces of language and music, and is thus of interdisciplinary relevance.
In addition, it offers entry-points into language acquisition research, speech
therapy and language typology.