Date: Wed, 16 Mar 1994 09:15:51 EST From: BERGDAHL%A1.OUVAX.mrgate[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]OUVAXA.CATS.OHIOU.EDU Subject: Re: Conscious Learning of Accent From: NAME: David Bergdahl FUNC: English TEL: (614) 593-2783 To: NAME: MX%"ADS-L[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]" Rudy's anecdotes strike a familar cord, although I'm not as fluent in any language: when I was on a Fulbright in Germany in '75/6 I relied heavily on my German-speaking wife, but when I tried to access my year of college German I kept coming up with Latin, from a semester of college study. Definitely there must be a brain area for little-used languages! :-) In '88 when I was on an exchange with the University of Toulouse I kept remembering German, although I had studied French from grades 7-10 and for 2 yrs in college! The year of living in Germany--and using it (or at least hearing it) with my wife's family--must have switched it to L2 status! Incidentally, my daughter Erika, who was placed in a 2nd grade classroom in Goettingen, achieved native speaker competence (in Kinderdeutsch at least!) by the time we'd left. Interestingly, her accent has degraded over the years and now she speaks German with a decidedly American accent. She's gone on to study French and Italian in h.s. and college and learned Spanish and Portuguese on her own: she's convinved that the FL-exposure is what's made it easy for her to learn languages. David Bergdahl Ohio University/Athens BERGDAHL[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]OUVAXA.CATS.OHIOU.EDU