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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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Name: Midori  Osumi (IPA: midoɾi o:sɯmi)
Institution: Tokyo Woman's Christian University
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State and/or Country: US
Japan   
Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Typology
Subject Language(s): Tiri
Neku
Selected Publications: /Tinrin Grammar,1995 The University of Hawai'i Press,
/Tinrin Word Order and Passive Structure, 1995, in Essays in Linguistics and Philology Presented to Professor Kinsuke Hasegawa on the Occasion of His Sixtieth Birthday, Tokyo, Kenkyuusha,247-266
/Body parts in Tinrin, 1996, in Chappell, H. & W.McGregor (eds), The Grammar of Inalienability: a Typological Perspective on the Part-whole Relation, Mouton de Gruyter, Berlin, New York, 433-462
/Languages in Changing Societies: New Caledonia and Okinawa,1998, Ronshuu 48, no.2, 125-141,Tokyo Woman’s Christian University
/Gengono Kooboo, (translation of The Rise and Fall of Languages by R.M.W.Dixon),2001,Iwanami Publishing Co., 237pp
/Language and Identity in Okinawa Today,2001, in Noguchi, Mary Goebel and Sandra Fotos (eds), Studies in Japanese Bilingualism, Clevedon: Multilingual Matters,68-97
/The sociolinguistic situation in New Caledonia,2001, in Languages of the South Pacific Rim, vol 1, Endangered Languages of the Pacific Rim, Kyoto: Nakanishi Printing Co. 106‐113
/Shoosuu Gengoo Meguru 10 no Tabi (Ten journeys into indigenous languages), 2003, Sanseidoo.
/The possessive structures of Neku compared with Tinrin, 2004,in Languages of the South Pacific Rim, vol 3, Endangered Languages of the Pacific Rim, Kyoto: Nakanishi Printing Co. 135-153
/Language Endangerment: an Okinawan Case,2006, in Japaneseness versus Ryukyuanism, ed. By Josef Kreiner, Bier’sche Verlagsanstalt, 49-57
Courses Taught: field linguistics
Oceanic linguistics
phonetics



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