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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: John  H McWhorter
Institution: Manhattan Institute for Policy Research
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Language Documentation
Subject Language(s): Sranan Tongo
Selected Publications:
Announced on LINGUIST :  Language Change and Language Contact in Pidgins And Creoles
 Defining Creole
 The Power of Babel
 Language Interrupted
 Linguistic Simplicity and Complexity
 Linguistic Simplicity and Complexity
 A Grammar of Saramaccan Creole
Reviewed on LINGUIST :  Defining Creole
 The Power of Babel
 Language Interrupted
 A Grammar of Saramaccan Creole
 Linguistic Simplicity and Complexity
Reviewer of: Lang Description/Pidgins&Creoles: Luffin (2004, 2005) (LL Issue 16.3225)
Academic Paper Abstract: What Else Happened to English? A Brief for the Celtic Hypothesis

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