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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: Kendall (Ken)  Don Decker
Institution: SIL International
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State and/or Country: TX
Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Selected Publications: 1992. Languages of Chitral. Sociolinguistic Survey of Northern Pakistan Series, Vol. 5. Islamabas: National Institute of Pakistan Studies and Summer Institute of Linguistics.
1996. Some Observations on Language Vitality in Chitral. Bashir, Elena and Israr-ud-Din ed. Proceedings of the Second International Hindu Kush Cultural Conference. Oxford University Press: Karachi, Pakistan.
1996. Orthography Development for Belize Creole. 1994 Mid-America Linguistics Conference Papers, Vol. 2. Ingemann, Frances ed. University of Kansas: Lawrence, KS.
2004. A Case of Moribund English: Gustavia, St. Barthélemy. English World Wide, Vol.25:2. 217-254.
Announced on LINGUIST :  Understanding Language Choices
 World Englishes Volumes I-III Set
Courses Taught: Intro to Sociolinguistics
Language Survey Prinicples and Methodology
Reviewer of: Sociolinguistics: Fishman, ed. (2000) (LL Issue 12.927)
Sociolinguistics: Aceto & Williams, eds. (2003) (LL Issue 15.1227)

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