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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: David  S. Fagan (IPA: feygÉ™n)
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State and/or Country: WA
Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Specialty: comparative Romance phonology
Subject Language(s): Spanish
Language Family(ies): Romance
Selected Publications: On profiles in lexical diffusion. La
Linguistique 23 (1987).
On the phonetic routes of lexical diffusion. Lingua 79 (1989)
Nasal elision and universals: evidence
from Romance. Canadian Journal of
Linguistics 35 (1990)
On the history of Portuguese /au~, ei~/:
the case for spontaneous diphthongization. Word 43 (1992)
Academic Paper Abstract: Notes on Diachronic Nasalization in Portuguese

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