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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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Full Title: Spatial Relations German / Spanish / English

Short Title: SPATREL2012
Location: Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Start Date: 04-Oct-2012 - 06-Oct-2012
Contact: Irene Doval
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://www.usc.es/congresos/spatrel
Meeting Description: From October 4-6 2012 the research group ‘Spatial Relations Contrastive German / Spanish’ (SPATREL) of the Department of English and German Philology (University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain) will hold an international symposium on spatial relations in German, as well as contrastive German/English or German/Spanish.

Studies of the lexical semantics of spatial terms across languages have provided evidence of considerable variation in the details of how spatial relations are linguistically categorized even in typological similar languages. The main focus of this symposium is to explore how German encodes spatial concepts such as motion, location and orientation and to examine the cross-linguistic similarities and differences between German and English or Spanish.
Linguistic Subfield: Cognitive Science; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Typology
Subject Language: English; German; Spanish
LL Issue: 23.2784

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