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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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Department of English Literature and Linguistics
Program Homepage: http://english.biu.ac.il
Institution: Bar-Ilan University
Address: Department of English Literature and Linguistics
Bar-Ilan University
City: Ramat Gan
Zip/Postal Code: 52900
Country: Israel
Contact Person: Channa Redner

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Phone: +972-3-5318236
Fax: +972-3-7384026
Linguistic Subfield(s): General Linguistics
Program Size: Large (over 25 students)
Program Description: The linguistics division at the Bar-Ilan English Department provides students with a thorough training both in theoretical fields, such as syntax, semantics and phonology, and in applied and experimental fields, such as language acquisition, bilingualism, neurolinguistics, reading acquisition, and discourse analysis. The unique program in Linguistics in Clinical Research allows students coming from a background in fields such as communication disorders to deepen their understanding of the mechanisms involved in human language use. Research in the department emphasizes an interdisciplinary and open minded approach to language, with faculty members actively involved in the Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center.

Studies in the department take place in English, but this is not the only language being studied; the approach in the department is that of general linguistics which aims to study human language and the human linguistic capacity. Our linguistics programs provide students with the tools for analyzing any human language- English, Hebrew, Arabic, Russian or any other language.
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