"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 American Dialect Society Midwest regional meeting is held jointly with the Midwest Modern Language Association convention (http://www.luc.edu/mmla/). The American Dialect Society is ‘dedicated to the study of the English language in North America, and of other languages, or dialects of other languages, influencing it or influenced by it.’ More information about the American Dialect Society can be found here: http://www.americandialect.org/.