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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: David  Britain
Institution: University of Berne
Email: click here to access email
State and/or Country: Switzerland   
Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Selected Publications:
Announced on LINGUIST :  Linguistics
 Social Dialectology
 Introduccion a la linguistica
 Language in the British Isles
 English on the Move
Reviewed on LINGUIST :  Linguistics
 Social Dialectology
Dissertation Director * of: New Dialect Formation: The case of Taiwanese Mandarin
(Yun-Hsuan Kuo, Author)
Dissertation Director * of: Mobility-Induced Dialect Contact: A sociolinguistic investigation of speech variation in Wilmslow, Cheshire
(Emma Watts, Author)
Dissertation Director * of: A Melanesian Perspective on Mechanisms of Language Maintenance and Shift: Case studies from Papua New Guinea
(Martha Landweer, Author)
Dissertation Director * of: One /a/ or two?: The phonetics, phonology and sociolinguistics of change in the TRAP and BATH vowels in the southwest of England.
(Caroline Piercy, Author)
Dissertation Director * of: A Political Sociology of Language in Taiwan: Local, national and global contexts
(Gareth Price, Author)
Dissertation Director * of: Reversing Babel: Declining linguistic diversity and the flawed attempts to protect it
(Dave Sayers, Author)
Dissertation Director * of: Suburbia and the Inner-City: Patterns of linguistic variation and change in Damascus
(Hanadi Ismail, Author)
Academic Paper Abstract: When is a Change Not a Change? A Case Study on the Dialect Origins of New Zealand English

* This information has been submitted by the dissertation author.

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