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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: Purdue University School of Languages and Cultures 14th Annual Graduate Student Symposium

Location: West Lafayette, IN, USA
Start Date: 07-Mar-2014 - 08-Mar-2014
Contact: Lauren Miller Liana Hakobyan
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Meeting Description: Purdue University School of Languages and Cultures 14th Annual Graduate Student Symposium March 7-8, 2014
Merging Borders: Language, Literature and Communication in Cross-cultural Contexts

Throughout history, previously isolated groups have come into contact with outsiders, in terms of customs, religion, and language. These interactions can yield varying results based on the specific circumstances of the cultural meeting. How well do two groups unknown to each other successfully communicate across cultural boundaries? What are the literary, linguistic, socio-political and cultural outcomes of such communication? How do cross-cultural interactions alter the way original members of the same group communicate? Research into specific interactions of this type can reveal patterns in the nature of human language and communication, as well as provide an insight into certain aspects of cultural and literary production across merging borders.

Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Dov-Ber Kerler, Indiana University
Dr. Karen Thornber, Harvard University

Invited Speakers:

Dr. Rafael Climent-Espino, Baylor University
Dr. Muriel Gallego, Ohio University
Linguistic Subfield: General Linguistics
LL Issue: 24.5111

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