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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: The Economist: Looking for a Sign

Submitter: Simona Fina

Submitter Email: simona.fina@credit-suisse.com
Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science

Media Body: In the Nov 10th issue of the Economist there was an interesting article
about how languages are created under experimental conditions.
A scientist, Bruno Galantucci, developed a game where players are required
to originate a novel human communication system in the context of a joint
activity and with no preestablished conventions to rely upon.

'Looking for a sign. People can communicate without agreeing on the meaning
of the terms'


Galantucci's paper is available at:


Kind regards,
Simona Fina
Issue Number: 17.53
Date Posted: December 23, 2005

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