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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: Nina  R. Sumbatova
Institution: Russian State University of the Humanities
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State and/or Country: Russia   
Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Specialty: Caucasian languages
Subject Language(s): Adyghe
Selected Publications: Grammaticalization of Verbal Constructions (Ph. D. dissertation, 1994); 'Evidentiality, Transitivity and Split Ergativity: evidence from Svan' W. Abraham, L. Kulikov (eds.). Tense-aspect, Transitivity and Causativity. Amsterdam: Benjamins, 1999: 63-96; 'Causative constructions in Svan: further evidence for role domination' - B.Comrie, M.Polinsky (eds.). Causatives and transitivity. Amsterdam: Benjamins, 1993: 253-270.
Announced on LINGUIST :  Icari
Courses Taught: Typology of verbal categories, Linguistics (introduction), General syntax

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