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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: ‘Absolutely, totally, filled to the brim with the Famous Grouse’
Author: Wendy Anderson
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Homepage: http://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/critical/staff/wendyanderson/
Institution: University of Glasgow
Linguistic Field: Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language: English
Gaelic, Hiberno-Scottish
Gaelic, Scottish
Abstract: The Scottish Corpus of Texts and Speech (SCOTS for short) has been available online since November 2004. It currently contains over 2.3 million words of texts in varieties of Broad Scots and Scottish English. Regular additions are made to the textual content of the corpus and the integrated search and analysis software is continually undergoing improvement. Over the next year, the corpus will grow to around 4 million words, 20% of which will comprise spoken language in the form of conversations and interviews.

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This article appears in English Today Vol. 22, Issue 3, which you can read on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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