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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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Media: Lingua Franca/Stuttering, Lederer Chat Online

Submitter: Michael Erard

Submitter Email: erard@lucidwork.com
Media Body: An article about an unethical 1939 investigation into the causes of
stuttering and responses by speech pathologists to recent media
allegations about the experiment appear in the November, 2001 issue
of Lingua Franca.

Unfortunately, the article isn't online, and since it was in the las
issue of the magazine, it might be difficult to get ahold of.

In the interest of full disclosure, and at the risk of appearing
self-promoting, I should note that I'm the author of the piece.

Michael Erard


Announcing online chat with Richard Lederer, author of books on
language and humor, such as, _Crazy English_, _Anguished English_, and
_The Word Circus_. This event takes place on December 13, 2001 at 8
PM EST at http://wordsmith.org/chat/lederer.html Admission is free.

Issue Number: 12.3002
Date Posted: December 02, 2001

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