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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: Jan  Tent
Institution: Macquarie University
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State and/or Country: Australia   
Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Specialty: Sociolinguistics
Selected Publications: Tent,Jan and John E. Clark. 1980. An Experimental Investigation into the Perception of Slips of the Tongue. Journal of Phonetics, 8: 317-325
Tent, Jan. 1993. Phonetic Symmetry in Sound Systems. Symmetry: Culture and Science, 4, 4: 345-368.
Tent, Jan and France Mugler. 1996. Why a Fiji Corpus? In Sidney Greenbaum (ed.) Comparing English Worldwide: The International Corpus of English. Oxford: Clarendon Press. pp. 249-261.
Geraghty, Paul and Jan Tent. 1997. Early Dutch Loanwords in Polynesia. Journal of the Polynesian Society, 106, 2.
Tent, Jan and Paul Geraghty. 1996. The Linguistic Legacy of Early Dutch Explorers in Polynesia. Leuvense Bijdragen (Leuven Contributions in Linguistics and Philiology), 85, 3-4: 347-369. (An abridged version of Geraghty & Tent, 1997.)
Announced on LINGUIST :  Sicol: Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Oceanic Linguistics
Reviewed on LINGUIST :  Borrowing
Courses Taught: Fiji English
European loanwords in Polynesian
Symmetry in language systems

LL122 Introduction to Language Studies (introduction to linguistics)
LL124 The Analysis of Language (descriptive linguistics)
LL211 The Structure of English (English syntax and stylistics)
LL214 Applied Phonetics and Phonology
LL318 Meaning in Language (semantics and pragmatics)
Dissertation Abstract: The Dynamics of Fiji English: A study of its use, users and features

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