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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: Viacheslav  A. Chirikba
Institution: Universiteit Leiden
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State and/or Country: Netherlands   
Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Language Documentation
Subject Language(s): Abkhazian
Selected Publications: Aspekty fonologicheskoj tipologii [Aspects of Phonological Typology]. Moskva: Nauka (1991), (in Russian), 143 p.
Common West Caucasian. The Reconstruction of its Phonological System and Parts of its Lexicon and Morphology. Leiden: CNWS Publications (1996), 452 p.
A Dictionary of Common Abkhaz. Leiden (1996), 126 p.
Abkhaz: Languages of the World/Materials 119, Muenchen: Lincom GmbH (2003), 92 pp.
Forthcoming: A Grammar of Sadz Abkhaz. (2004), ca. 300 pp.
Announced on LINGUIST :  Abkhaz
Courses Taught: Introduction into Caucasian Linguistics; Abkhaz
Dissertation Abstract: Common West Caucasian. The reconstruction of its phonological system and parts of its lexicon and morphology

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