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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: Rika  Ito
Institution: St. Olaf College
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State and/or Country: MN
Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Selected Publications: To appear. How to Get to Be One Kind of Midwesterner: Accommodation to the Northern Cities Chain Shift. Language variation and change in the American Midland: A new look at Heartland English, ed. by Thomas Murray and Beth Lee Simon. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press. Co-authored with Betsy Evans, Jamila Jones, and Dennis R. Preston.

2003. Well weird, right dodgy, very strange, really cool: Layering and recycling in English intensifiers. Language in Society 32(2). Co-authored with Sali Tagliamonte.

2002. Think really different: Continuity and specialization in the English adverbs. Journal of Sociolinguistics 6(2).236-266. Co-authored with Sali Tagliamonte.

2001. Belief, attitude, and linguistic accommodation: a case of urban sound change in rural Michigan. Penn Working Papers in Linguistics 7.3, ed. by Tara Sanchez University of Pennsylvania.
Courses Taught: Language in Japanese society

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