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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: Benjamin  W. Forston
Institution: University of Michigan
Email: click here to access email
State and/or Country: MI
Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Avestan
English, Old
Selected Publications: Indo-European Language and Culture: An Introduction (textbook, to appear; Blackwell)
Studies in the Prosody of Plautine Latin (Diss. Harvard; published version to appear, Routledge)
"The Double Reflex of *ai in Avestan"
"Linguistic and Cultural Notes on Latin _Iunius_ and Related Topics"
"Hittite _huwalas_"
"On the Aphaeresis of _est_ in Plautus"
Announced on LINGUIST :  Indo-European Language and Culture
 Indo-European Language and Culture, 2nd Edition
Reviewed on LINGUIST :  Indo-European Language and Culture
Courses Taught: Introduction to Indo-European
Introduction to Linguistics
Introduction to Historical Linguistics
Language and Meter in Plautus
Intermediate Historical Linguistics
Introduction to Phonology
History of English
Indo-European Phonology

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