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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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Media: Linguistics Ig Nobel Prize

Submitter: Peter Hendriks

Submitter Email: peter.hendriks@anu.edu.au
Linguistic Field(s): Not Applicable

Media Body: From the BBC news item on the 2007 Ig Nobel Prizes:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7026150.stm

'Linguistics - A University of Barcelona team for showing that rats are
unable to tell the difference between a person speaking Japanese backwards
and somebody speaking Dutch backwards.'

As one does.

Peter Hendriks
Issue Number: 18.2903
Date Posted: October 04, 2007

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