teaching foreign languages at an early age

Johanna Rubba jrubba at calpoly.edu
Tue Jan 18 15:28:29 UTC 2011

Spanish and Greek may sound similar in part because they both have an  
unusual /s/. I don't know how to describe it phonetically; it sounds  
"mushier" than /s/ in other IE languages. It's one of the things I  
find attractive about both languages. They don't sound similar to me  
otherwise; especially since Greek has theta (I'm used to American  
Spanish, not Castilian) and /ks/.

Dr. Johanna Rubba, Ph. D.
Professor, Linguistics
Linguistics Minor Advisor
English Dept.
Cal Poly State University San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
Ofc. tel. : 805-756-2184
Dept. tel.: 805-756-2596
Dept. fax: 805-756-6374
E-mail: jrubba at calpoly.edu
URL: http://cla.calpoly.edu/~jrubba

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