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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  A Johnston (IPA: pɔɫ ʤɑnstn)
Institution: Western Michigan University
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State and/or Country: MI
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): Dutch
English
Frisian, Western
Frisian, Northern
Frisian, Eastern
Plautdietsch
Scots
Saxon, Low
Dutch, Middle
English, Middle
English, Old
Frisian, Old
German, Old High
Dutch, Old
German, Middle Low
Language Family(ies): Germanic
Selected Publications: . 'Lass' Law and West Germanic vowel shifts'
'The rise and fall of the Morningside/Kelvinside accent'.
'Irregular variation patterns in Edinburgh speech'.
'English vowel shifting: a Great Vowel Shift or two 'Small Vowel Shifts'
'The dialect of A Tretise of Miraclis Pleyinge.'
'Older Scots Dialectology and Phonology: Before 1700'
'The Dialectology of Modern Scots: 1700 to the Present'
Courses Taught: Phonetics; Phonology; Dialectology; Sociolinguistics; Older Scots; Modern Scots; History of the English Language; Structure of the English Language; Old English; Middle English; Language, Dialects and Sociolinguistics; World Englishes; Language of Michigan



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