"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 43rd annual meeting of the North East Linguistic Society will be held at the City University of New York on October 19-21, 2012. Invited speakers are Tarald Taraldsen (CASTL, University of Tromsø), Robert Frank (Yale University) and Juliette Blevins (CUNY Graduate Center). The general conference will be followed by a special one afternoon workshop on computation and theoretical linguistics. The workshop themes are: computational approaches to theoretical linguistics and the use of theoretical linguistics in computational systems.