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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: Atelier Grammaire et Ecriture
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Start Date: 18-Oct-2013 - 18-Oct-2013
Contact: Elisabeth Stark
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting Description: Grammar and writing systems are in a notoriously difficult relationship. They might be considered totally independent systems or in strict representational relationship, especially in alphabetic phonographic writing systems which aim (originally and partially) to mirrot the phonic realization of (grammatical) information. The difficulty to understand their relationship increases with deep orthographic systems such as the French (and partially also the German) one, which give priority to etymological and morphological consistency instead of mirroring the actual pronunciation of the different items and features, a fact which becomes visible when taking into account writing practices beyond strict normative usage such as computer-mediated communication, especially text messages (SMS). The one-day workshop aims thus to bring together specialists of the realization, oral and written, of grammatical clue information, more precisely (past participle) agreement on the one hand, and on the acquisition and interdependency of writing and texting, on the other, both for French and German.
Participation is free.
Linguistic Subfield: Writing Systems
Subject Language: German; French
LL Issue: 24.3314

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