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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: Mikael  Parkvall
Institution: Stockholm University
Homepage: http://bilbo.ling.su.se/staff/parkvall/
State and/or Country: Sweden   
Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Selected Publications: 1995: The role of St. Kitts in a new scenario of French Creole genesis. Baker, Philip (ed.): From Contact to Creole and Beyond. Westminster Creolistics Series 1, pp 41-62.

1997: (with Gunnel Kdllgren): Kreolsprek vver alla grdnser. Forskning och framsteg, no. 2-1997, pp 38-43.
Forthc.: On the possibility of Afrogenesis in the case of French Creoles. Rickford, John & Suzanne Romaine, Suzanne (eds.): Creole genesis, sociohistory and aesthetics: a celebration of Charlene J. Sato. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Forthc.: Review of Language Contact in the Arctic. Northern Pidgins and Contact Languages, edited by Ernst Hekon Jahr and Ingvild Broch. Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages.

Forthc.: A short note on the peopling of English St. Kitts. Baker, Philip & Adrienne Bruyn (ed.): St. Kitts and the Atlantic Creoles. London: Westminster U. P.

Forthc.: Feature distribution and genetic relationships among the Atlantic creoles. Huber, Magnus & Mikael Parkvall (eds.): Spreading the Word. Papers on the issue of diffusion of Atlantic Creoles.
Announced on LINGUIST :  Limits of Language
Reviewed on LINGUIST :  Limits of Language
Courses Taught: Basic linguistics, contact linguistics
Dissertation Abstract: Out of Africa
Academic Paper Abstract: Michel DeGraff (ed.), Language creation and language change: creolization, diachrony, and development. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2001. Pp. x+573.
Access, prestige and losses in contact languages



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