"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
The second biennial Towson University conference on ‘Forging Linguistic Identities’ seeks to examine language as a socially embedded phenomenon within historical and geographical contexts. Possible topics include: dialects/diglossia, standardization, multilingualism, migration, translation studies, national reception of minority-language literature, etc.