"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 ‘Tzartzaneia 2012’ conference approaches the rather underrepresented linguistics area of Language Variation in Modern Greek. Paying tribute to Achilles Tzartzanos, a pioneer of Greek linguistics, the organizers’ ambition is to bring in touch the concerned about the topic members of the researching and educational community, creating the conditions for a fruitful scientific dialogue, in order to analyze language variation, the nature of linguistic choices of the users of Modern Greek and the constraints due to linguistic, spatial and social factors.