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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: James  A. Walker
Institution: York University
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Homepage: http://www.yorku.ca/jamesw
State and/or Country: Canada   
Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Specialty: Language Variation and Change
Selected Publications: Variation in Linguistic Systems. London: Routledge. 2010.

Aspect in Grammatical Variation. (ed.). Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 2010.
Announced on LINGUIST :  Variation in Linguistic Systems
 Aspect in Grammatical Variation
Courses Taught: Language in its Social Context
Bilingualism: A Sociolinguistic Approach
Sociolinguistic Variation and Change
Academic Paper Abstract: The ain't constraint: Not-contraction in early African American English
S marks the spot? Regional variation and early African American
Ethnolects and the city: Ethnic orientation and linguistic variation in Toronto English
Form, Function, and Frequency in Phonological Variation
Principles of linguistic change, vol. 3: Cognitive and cultural factors. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2011.
An existential problem: The sociolinguistic monitor and variation in existential constructions on Bequia (St. Vincent and the Grenadines)



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