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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: NYT Article on the Origin of Language

Submitter: Karen Chung

Submitter Email: karchung@ntu.edu.tw
Media Body: There's a long article that discusses the origin of language in
the July 15, 2003 issue of the New York Times online, entitled:

Early Voices: The Leap to Language by Nicholas Wade

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Thanks to Peter Meijer of Philips Electronics, Eindhoven, for calling
this article to my attention.

Karen Steffen Chung

Issue Number: 14.1940
Date Posted: July 16, 2003

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