"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
The 22nd Japanese/Korean Linguistics Conference (J/K22) will be held at the National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics (NINJAL) in Tokyo on October 12-14, 2012. For details, please see the conference website (http://www.ninjal.ac.jp/jk2012/). Two pre-conference workshops will be held on the afternoon of October 11, one on endangered dialects of Korean and Japanese and the other on Japanese and Korean corpus linguistics.