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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: Salikoko  S Mufwene
Institution: University of Chicago
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Homepage: http://humanities.uchicago.edu/faculty/mufwene/
State and/or Country: IL
Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Specialty: Language evolution (Not the evolution of language)
Subject Language(s): English
Creole English, Sea Island
Creole English, Jamaican
Language Family(ies): Central Narrow Bantu H
Northwest Narrow Bantu B
Northwest Narrow Bantu C
English based
New English
Selected Publications: Please visit my home page
Announced on LINGUIST :  African-American English
 Creolization of Language and Culture
 The Ecology of Language Evolution
 Topics in African Linguistics. Papers from the XXI Conference on African Linguistics, University of Georgia, April 1990
 Polymorphous Linguistics
 Language Evolution
 Globalization and Language Vitality
Reviewed on LINGUIST :  Language Evolution
 Polymorphous Linguistics
Courses Taught: The eoclogy of language evolution (including Development of Creoles and Pidgins; Language endangerment);
Language and globalization;
Biological and cultural evolution;
Seminar on grammaticization;
Theories of Markedness; Structure of African-American English;
Dialect Voices in Literature;
Lexical semantics;
Field methods
Dissertation Director * of: Variation within Lexical Categories
(Elaine Francis, Author)
Academic Paper Abstract: Colonization, globalization and the plight of 'weak' languages
Colonization, population contacts, and the emergence of new language varieties: A response to Peter Trudgill
The ET Column: Globalization and the spread of English: what does it mean to be Anglophone?
Transmission, acquisition, parameter-setting, reanalysis, and language change

* This information has been submitted by the dissertation author.

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