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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: Paul  Isambert (IPA: izɑ̃bɛʀ)
Institution: Université de Tours
Email: click here to access email
Homepage: http://paulisambert.free.fr
State and/or Country: France   
Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
Specialty: Discourse structure/markers, grammaticalization
Subject Language(s): French
Selected Publications: 'Autrement': un adverbe en quête d'antécédent', to appear in Linguisticae Investigationes.

'Exemplification, approximation, modalisation, rupture narrative: hypothèses sur la grammaticalisation de 'genre', to appear in Verbum.

'Accommodating theoretical expectations with apparently conflicting corpora', Annual meeting of the Association for French Language Studies, Nancy, 2011; also in press as a book chapter.

'What's on the left?', in Discours 8, 2011.

'Discours et grammaticalisation: étude de l'adverbe 'autrement' [Discourse and grammaticalization, a study of the adverbe 'autrement']', PhD dissertation, U. Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2010.
Courses Taught: Introduction to linguistics for undergraduates
Text structure for students of foreign languages (2nd year of undergraduate studies)
Sentence typology (3rd year of undergraduate studies)
Dissertation Abstract: Discours et grammaticalisation: Étude de l'adverbe 'autrement' / Discourse and Grammaticalization: A study of the adverb 'autrement'
Reviewer of: Review: Semantics: Aloni, Butler & Dekker (2007) (LL Issue 19.1005)
The Paradox of Grammatical Change (LL Issue 19.3408)
Meaning Change in Grammaticalization (LL Issue 20.2339)
Syntactic Complexity: Diachrony, Acquisition, Neuro-Cognition, Evolution (LL Issue 21.3180)
Clause Linking and Clause Hierarchy (LL Issue 23.194)
The Oxford Handbook of Grammaticalization (LL Issue 23.2993)
Reflexive Marking in the History of French (LL Issue 24.690)

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