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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: African Urban & Youth Language

Short Title: AUYL
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Start Date: 05-Jul-2013 - 06-Jul-2013
Contact: Ellen Hurst
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Meeting URL: https://sites.google.com/site/tsotsitaalresearch/auyl-conference-2013
Meeting Description: There has been a recent increase in interest in youth and urban language phenomena around the world. Youth and urban languages are seen to be at the heart of language change in postmodern societies, and a feature of contemporary diversity, or ‘superdiversity’ in our cities.

African urban and youth varieties provide striking examples for the investigation of mixing, coinages, syntactic change, lexical innovation and other dynamic language phenomena. This conference intends to bring together scholars from around the world in one of the locations where these varieties are prevalent - South Africa - in order to provide a forum where the field can be further developed and theorized. We invite scholars working in the field to join us in Cape Town to contribute to this burgeoning and challenging field of research purposes.
Linguistic Subfield: Sociolinguistics
LL Issue: 24.44

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