"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 Institute of International Relations in Yekaterinburg holds a yearly conference on linguistics and intercultural communication. By the beginning of the conference, a collection of abstracts of variable size is usually published as a book. Participation in the conference requires either submitting a paper and giving a talk, or just submitting a paper.