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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: A Grammar of Balantak (Eastern Sulawesi)

Author: Brian Migliazza

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation

Subject Language(s): Balantak

FYI Body: A grammar of Balantak is now available as free PDF on the SIL website:


The authors of the grammar are René van den Berg and Robert L. Busenitz. If you wish to cite the grammar, please use the following format: A grammar of Balantak, a language of Eastern Sulawesi. 326 pages. SIL International, 2012. SIL e-Books 40.

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