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"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

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FYI: Language and Culture Research Group at JCU

Author: Alexandra Aikhenvald

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics
Discipline of Linguistics

FYI Body: The 2010 Bulletin of the Language and Culture Research Group at the Cairns
Institute at James Cook University in Australia is now available
electronically at:


or at:


Most members of the Language and Culture Research Group have written (or
are writing) a grammar of a language, and many of us are working on
typological universals, by inductive generalisations from a well-chosen
sample of grammars. We welcome enquiries from similarly oriented scholars
(from Australia or from overseas) who would like to consider spending a
sabbatical with us. We can provide basic facilities, plus an intellectual
ambience of the highest order.

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