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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: Columbia School Linguistics Conference 2012

Location: New Brunswick, NJ, USA
Start Date: 13-Oct-2012 - 15-Oct-2012
Contact: Nancy Stern
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting Description: The 11th International Columbia School Conference on the Interaction of Linguistic Form and Meaning with Human Behavior will be held at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, October 13-15, 2012.

The Columbia School is a group of linguists developing the theoretical framework originally established by the late William Diver. Language is seen as a symbolic tool whose structure is shaped both by its communicative function and by the characteristics of its human users. Grammatical analyses account for the distribution of linguistic forms as an interaction between linguistic meaning and pragmatic and functional factors such as inference, ease of processing, and iconicity. Phonological analyses explain the syntagmatic and paradigmatic distribution of phonological units within signals, also drawing on both communicative function and human physiological and psychological characteristics.
Linguistic Subfield: General Linguistics; Linguistic Theories
LL Issue: 23.896

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