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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: HIL Dissertations, Nahuatl course

Author: Jeroen van de Weijer

FYI Body: FYI : HIL dissertations available on-line

The Holland Institute of Generative Linguistics (HIL) was established
in order to promote research and to professionalize the training of
graduate students in the field of generative linguistics. HIL was
established as a result of increasing collaboration among theoretical
linguists at Leiden University, the University of Amsterdam and the
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The focus of inquiry in HIL is on
theoretical research in the fields of syntax, semantics, phonology and

The HIL Dissertations series currently contains twenty-seven
titles. These dissertations are published by Holland Academic
Graphics, The Hague (http://www.hag.nl). HAG has made available
PDF-versions of several HIL dissertations. These can be viewed from


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I am sending this on behalf of Fran Karttunen, who is temporarily cu
off from her e-mail; all responses should go to her, at the address
given at the bottom of the announcement, not to me.

Paul Chapin


A May 1998 Nahuatl course at the University of Helsinki is in the
planning stage. The instructor will be Frances Karttunen, and the
language of instruction will be English. Participation will be
limited to 15 people. Prior knowledge of Nahuatl is not required.
Both beginners and those seeking to review and consolidate their
knowledge of the language will be accomodated. Housing, meals, and
fees are currrently under negotiation. Participants from outside
Finland will need to arrange and pay for their own transportation to

Those interested in participating should contact the instructor
immediately at:


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