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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: Alexander  Vovin
Institution: University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
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Homepage: http://www2.hawaii.edu/eall/jpn_facbio.html#VovinAlexander
State and/or Country: HI
Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Specialty: typology
Subject Language(s): Ainu
Japanese, Old
Language Family(ies): Japonic
Selected Publications: Articles
'Some data on the Soviet Korean Language.'
Ehak yenkwu (Language Research), Volume 25,
Number 2, June 1989. pp. 277-293. (Seoul, South

'The Origins of the Ainu Language'. In:
Pan-Asiatic Linguistics. Proceedings of the Third
International Symposium on Language and
Linguistics, Vol. 2, pp.672-685. January 8-10, 1992. Bangkok.

'Long vowels in Proto-Japanese'. Journal of
East Asian Linguistics 2, 1993, pp.125-134.

'About the Phonetic Value of the Middle Korean
Grapheme ∆'. Bulletin of the School of Oriental
and African Studies, University of London, vol.
LVI, Part 2, 1993, pp. 247-259.
Courses Taught: Languages:
Japanese (all levels), Old Japanese (both Western
and Eastern), Classical Japanese,
Korean (101-102), Middle Korean, Classical
Mongolian, Manchu, Classical Chinese, Old Turkic

Various courses on historical East Asian and
Central Asian linguistics, typology, language and
culture, etc.

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