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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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Name: Elise Frank  Masur
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Academic Paper Abstract: Characteristics of Maternal Verbal Style: Responsiveness and directiveness in two natural contexts
Infants' gestures influence mothers' provision of object, action and internal state labels
Mothers respond differently to infants' familiar versus non-familiar verbal imitations

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