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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: Ian  Bekker (IPA: ijən bɛkə)
Institution: Rhodes University
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Homepage: http://rhodes-za.academia.edu/IanBekker
State and/or Country: South Africa   
Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Selected Publications: Bekker I. (2003). Using historical data to explain language attitudes: a South African case study. AILA Review, 16: 62-77.

Bekker, I. (2004). An attitude scale for measuring language attitudes at South African tertiary institutions. Southern African linguistics and applied language studies, in press.

Bekker, I. (2004). Language attitudes and ethnolinguistic identity in South Africa: a critical review, in Cohen, J., McAlister, K., Rolstad, K., & MacSwan, J. (Eds.). ISB4: Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium on Bilingualism. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press, in press.

Bekker, I. (2004). Book review of Kay McKormick’s Language in Cape Town’s District Six. Journal of Sociolinguistics, 8(3): 451-454.
Courses Taught: Semantics, Critical Discourse Analysis, Computational Linguistics, Language Ecology
Dissertation Abstract: The Vowels of South African English
Academic Paper Abstract: Using Historical Data to Explain Language Attitudes: a South African Case Study
An Atitude Scale for Measuring Language Attitudes at South African Tertiary Institutions
Language Attitudes and Ethnolinguistic Identity in South Africa: a Critical Review
The Formation of South African English



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