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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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Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages
Program Homepage: http://linglang.msu.edu/
Institution: Michigan State University
Address: A-614 Wells Hall
City: E. Lansing
Zip/Postal Code: 48824-1027
State/Province: US
Country: USA
Contact Person: Prof. Wendy Wilkins

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Phone: 517-353-0740
Fax: 517-432-2736
Other Program Specialties: (i) The CELSR (Center for the Enhancement of Linguistics Student Research) computer lab for linguistics students includes 8 Power Mac work stations (with DOS capability), a Power Mac server, a scanner, a laser printer, a Powerbook and projector, and a digital camera, as well as software specifically designed for linguistics projects. (ii) In 1997 an interdepartmental Program in Cognitive Science was established at Michigan State University. The Distinguished Speakers in Cognitive Science lecture series was inaugurated in 1998-99. We expect to have an Interdepartmental Graduate Specialization in Cognitive Science available for graduate students in Linguistics (as well as in other Cognitive Science related majors) by Fall 1999.
Language/Language Family Specialization(s): Amharic
Arabic, Standard
Chinese, Mandarin
Program Size: Small (1-10 students)
Program Description: Graduate programs are available in Linguistics (MA and PhD), German (MA and PhD), and Russian Studies (MA). In addition, the department offers undergraduate language programs in Arabic, Hausa, Hebrew, Swahili, and Shona.
Available Financial Aid: Teaching assistantships in linguistics and Asian and African languages; a few competitive College and University fellowships; cross-college graduate assistantships in e.g. the Writing Center. See the program web site for further information.
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