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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: Alan  Dench
Institution: University of Western Australia
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Homepage: http://www.arts.uwa.edu.au/LingWWW/Alan/Alan2.html
State and/or Country: Western Australia
Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
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Subject Language(s): Nyamal
Language Family(ies): Australian
Selected Publications: 1997. Where do complex kinterms come from? In D. Tryon & M.Walsh (eds) Boundary Rider: Essays in Honour of Geoffrey O'Grady. Pacific Linguistics C-136. pp 107-132.

1998. Pidgin Ngarluma: an indigenous contact language in north western Australia. Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages. 13:1:1-61

1998. Yingkarta. Languages of the World/Materials 137. Munich: LINCOM Europa. 75pp

1998. What is a Ngayarta language: A reply to O'Grady and Laughren Australian Journal of Linguistics 18: 91-107

1998. The *Dative Split in Martuthunira Proceedings of the Australian Linguistics Society Meeting 1998 published on the Web: http://www.cltr.uq.edu.au/als98/dench842.html

1999 Comparative Reconstitution. In J.C. Smith and D. Bentley (eds.) Historical Linguistics 1995 Volume I: General issues and non-Germanic Languages. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. pp 57-72.

2001 Descent and diffusion: the complexity of the Pilbara situation. In A. Y. Aikhenvald & R.M.W. Dixon (eds). Areal Diffusion and Genetic Inheritance: Problems in Comparative Linguistics. Oxford: OUP. pp 105-132
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