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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: Betty  J. Birner
Institution: Northern Illinois University
Email: click here to access email
Homepage: http://www.engl.niu.edu/people_details.php?pid=38
State and/or Country: IL
Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Specialty: Pragmatics, Functions of Syntax
Selected Publications: Information Status and Noncanonical Word Order in English [with G. Ward];
The Discourse Function of Inversion in English [Garland];
Information structure. [with G. Ward and R. Huddleston, The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language];
The Linguistic Realization of Inferrable Information [Language and Communication];
A Crosslinguistic Study of Postposing in Discourse [with G. Ward, Language & Speech];
Functional Constraints on Inversion in English and Farsi [with S. Mahootian, Lg Sciences];
Pragmatic Constraints on the Verb in English Inversion [Lingua];
Definiteness and the English Existential [with G. Ward, Language];
Information Status and Word Order: An Analysis of English Inversion [Language]
Form and Function in English By-Phrase Passives [CLS]
Announced on LINGUIST :  The Discourse Function of Inversion in English
 Information Status and Noncanonical Word Order In English
 Drawing the Boundaries of Meaning
 Introduction to Pragmatics
Reviewed on LINGUIST :  Drawing the Boundaries of Meaning
 Information Status and Noncanonical Word Order In English
 Drawing the Boundaries of Meaning
 Drawing the Boundaries of Meaning
 Introduction to Pragmatics
Courses Taught: Intro to Linguistics, Semantics,
Discourse Analysis,
Syntax and Morphology, Language and Prejudice,

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