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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: Tatiana  Nikitina
Institution: Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin
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Homepage: http://www.projectwan.org/nikitina
State and/or Country: IL
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Language Documentation
Linguistic Theories
Semantics
Syntax
Typology
Dissertation Abstract: The Mixing of Syntactic Properties and Language Change
Academic Paper Abstract: Locative terms and spatial frames of reference in Wan
Subcategorization pattern and lexical meaning of motion verbs: A study of the Source/Goal ambiguity
Pragmatic Factors and Variation in the Expression of Spatial Goals: The case of into vs. in
The Syntax of Postpositional Phrases in Wan, an "SOVX" Language
Time reference of aspectual forms in Wan (Southeastern Mande)



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