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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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Title: Virittäjä
Publisher: Society for the Study of Finnish
URL: http://ojs.tsv.fi/index.php/virittaja
Description: The journal, Virittäjä, published by the Society for the Study of Finnish (Kotikielen Seura), is the oldest and most important linguistic journal published in Finnish. It has appeared continuously since 1897. There are four numbers per volume. Attached to each article is a summary in English, German or French. Virittäjä also includes overviews, lectiones praecursoriae (papers presented by doctoral candidates when publicly defending their theses), commentaries, discussion, and book reviews. (These do not have summaries attached to them.) Summaries from articles published from 1995 are available on the Web.
ISSN: 0042-6806
Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics