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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: Frederick  Kang'ethe Iraki (IPA: iraki)
Institution: United States International University
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State and/or Country: Kenya
Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
Subject Language(s): Swahili
Selected Publications: 2004 1.Cognitive efficiency: The sheng phenomenon in Kenya in PRAGMATICS. Sheng is a variety of Kiswahili spoken mainly in urban centres.
2.Le Modéle de Conflit et les temps verbaux in Cahiers de Linguistique Francaise 25. A theoretical model to explicate tenses in Kiswahili.
2003 A contrastive reading of temporal-aspectual morphemes in Swahili in Meaning through language contrast: The Cambridge papers, ed. K.M. Jaszczolt & K. Turner, published by John Benjamins.
Courses Taught: French language, literature, background studies
Dissertation Abstract: Une lecture pragmatique des morphemes temporels du swahili

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