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GK Colloquium December 6th: Maximilian Berthold & Julien Foglietti

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, December 6th, GK Colloquium will be hosting two talks by our doctoral researchers. Maximilian Berthold will present his research entitled “Nominal aktionsarten: a formal account” (abstract) and Julien Foglietti will present her research on “The first name/last name asymmetry – Update on the experimental design and a possible semantic Continue Reading

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GK Colloquium November 29nd: Nehir Aygül

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, November 29th GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by our doctoral researcher, Nehir Aygül entitled “Computing Quantifier Scope in Scrambling Languages: a study in Turkish” (abstract) . When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Campus Westend Room SH 5.101 & via Zoomto receive a Zoom link for WiSe2022/23 please send Continue Reading

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GK Colloquium November 22nd: Louise McNally

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, November 22nd GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Louise McNally, Mercator Fellow of RTG ‘Nominal Modification’ (UPF) entitled “Using adjectives for reference: A cross-linguistic perspective” (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Campus Westend Room SH 5.101 & via Zoomto receive a Zoom link for WiSe2022/23 please send an Continue Reading

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Viktor Köhlich at Mapping Syntax – Universals, Variation, Acquisition, and Change Workshop

Syntax – Universals, Variation, Acquisition, and Change Workshop, hosted by Oxford University , will take place on 16th-18th November 2022. Our GK student, Viktor Köhlich will attend the workshop and presentr a talk entitled “A Cartographic Analysis of Direct Modifiers in Japanese” on November 17th. More information on the program and registration can be seen here.

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GK Colloquium November 15th: Norvin Richards

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, November 15th GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Norvin Richards  (MIT) entitled “Finding something to lean on: linkers and modification in Contiguity Theory” (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Campus Westend Room SH 5.101 & via Zoomto receive a Zoom link for WiSe2022/23 please send an e-mail Continue Reading

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RTG Nominal Modification is hiring!

RTG ‘Nominal Modification’ offers a doctoral researcher position (E13 TV-GU, 65%), with the focus on language acquisition. Duration of the funding is 12 months. Application due date is November 22, 2022. For further information and requirements please check out the job announcement here.

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Giacomo Presotto at ExMorph22

Experimental approaches to Romance Morphology (ExMorph22), hosted by University of Vienna, will take place on 26th-27th October 2022. Our GK student, Giacomo Presotto will attend the workshop with a talk entitled “The role of DOM in Spanish children’s comprehension of ORCs”. More information on the program and registration can be seen here.

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Workshop on Word Order in the Nominal Domain (WONDo)

GK doctoral researchers are organising a two-day Workshop on Word Order in the Nominal Domain (WONDo): Factors, Perspectives & Approaches. The workshop will take place between November 10-11, 2022 on Campus Westend (Cas 1.811) of Goethe University (homepage). The workshop will host talks both by doctoral researchers, GK alumni and invited speakers. Participation is free Continue Reading

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The Colloquim Program of WiSe22/23 is now online!

We are very excited to share that Colloquim Program of RTG ‘Nominal Modification’ in Winter Semester 2022/23 is now online. The Colloquim will host talks by invited speakers as well as the doctoral researchers of RTG working on various aspects of Nominal Modification. For more updates and details check our website and keep an eye Continue Reading

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Mercator Fellow of GK: Louise McNally

We are very happy to announce that Louise McNally will be visiting RTG ‘Nominal Modification’ as Mercator Fellow in November 2022 (01.10-29.10). McNally will be offering two Mini-Courses and a Colloquim talk during her stay at Goethe University (see below for more details). Prof. McNally will also be meeting our senior and junior researchers to Continue Reading

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Anna Preßler at P&P 18

The 18th annual meeting of the Phonetik und Phonologie im deutschsprachigen Raum Conference (P&P 18), hosted by University of Bielefeld, will take place on October 6th-7th, 2022. Our GK student, Anna Preßler will attend the conference with a poster entitled “Rhythmic alternation or alternation rythmique? Prosodic factors in the positioning of a sub-class of attributive adjectives in Continue Reading

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GK Colloquium July 12th: Shota Momma

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, July 12th  GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Shota Momma (UMass) entitled “Structure building in speaking“ (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Campus Westend Room SH 1.104 & via Zoomto receive a Zoom link for SoSe2022 please send an e-mail to (). GK Colloquium is open Continue Reading

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GK Colloquium July 5th: Alexandra Simonenko

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, July 5th  GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Alexandra Simonenko (Ghent University) entitled “What can historical treebanks teach us about noun phrase semantics?“(abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Campus Westend Room SH 1.104 & via Zoomto receive a Zoom link for SoSe2022 please send an e-mail Continue Reading

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GK Colloquium June 28th: Adrian Brasoveanu

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, June 28th  GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Adrian Brasoveanu  (University of Santa Cruz) entitled “Induction of Rule Ordering in Production-based Processing Models” (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Campus Westend Room SH 1.104 & via Zoomto receive a Zoom link for SoSe2022 please send an Continue Reading

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GK Colloquium June 21th: Elaine J. Francis

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, June 21th  GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Elaine J. Francis (Purdue University, US) entitled “Gradient acceptability at the intersections of syntax, discourse, and language processing” (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Campus Westend Room SH 1.104 & via Zoomto receive a Zoom link for SoSe2022 Continue Reading

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GK Colloquium June 14th: Maria Teresa Guasti

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, June 14th  GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Maria Teresa Guasti (University of Milan Bicocca & ZAS, Berlin) entitled “Relative clauses across languages and across mode of acquisition” (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Campus Westend Room SH 1.104 & via Zoomto receive a Zoom link Continue Reading

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GK Colloquium June 7th: Artemis Alexiadou(virtual talk)

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, June 7th  GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Artemis Alexiadou (Humboldt University,) entitled “Numeral-noun combinations and the hidden partitive hypothesis revisited” (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: via Zoomto receive a Zoom link for SoSe2022 please send an e-mail to (). GK Colloquium is open to all Continue Reading

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GK Colloquium May 31st: Juliette Thuilier

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, May 31st  GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Juliette Thuilier (Université Jean Jaurès Toulouse) entitled “Modeling the position of the attributive adjective in French: a quantitative and experimental approach” (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Campus Westend Room SH 1.104 & via Zoomto receive a Zoom link Continue Reading

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GK Colloquium May 24th: Mark Baker (virtual talk)

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, May 24th  GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Mark Baker (Rutgers University) entitled “On Logophoric Phenomena Inside Nominals: Implications for NP Structure” (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: via Zoomto receive a Zoom link for SoSe2022 please send an e-mail to (). GK Colloquium is open to Continue Reading

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GK Colloquium May 17th: Manfred Sailer SketchEngine (virtual workshop)

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, May 17th  GK Colloquium will be hosting a workshop by Manfred Sailer (GU) on ‘Using Sketchengine’, a platform proving access to corpora of many languages (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: via Zoomto receive a Zoom link for SoSe2022 please send an e-mail to (). GK Colloquium is open to Continue Reading

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Dimitrios Kotopoulis at 42nd Annual Meeting of the Department of Linguistics, Aristotle University

42nd Annual Meeting of the Department of Linguistics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki will take place between May 6-8, 2022 (online). Our doctoral researcher Dimitrios Kotopoulis, will present his recent research on “Greek genitives: A dependent case approach” on May 7th. The program could be found here.

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GK Colloquium May 10th: Paula Rubio-Fernandez (virtual talk)

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, May 10th  GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Paula Rubio-Fernandez (MIT) on “The psychophysics of referential communication: Discriminability vs. informativity” (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: via Zoomto receive a Zoom link for SoSe2022 please send an e-mail to (). GK Colloquium is open to all linguists Continue Reading

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A FAZ Interview with Emine Sahingöz on rescuing an endangered Language: Ossetic

Our doctoral researcher Emine Sahingöz gave an interview to the popular newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine on Ossetian language and the attempts to document and rescue this endangered language. To read the whole article in German please click here.

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GK Colloquium April 19th: Thomas McFadden

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, April 19th  GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Thomas McFadden (ZAS) on “What the structural/inherent case distinction can tell us about the implementation of dependent case” (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: via Zoomto receive a Zoom link for SoSe2022 please send an e-mail to (). GK Continue Reading

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GK Colloquium April 12th: Ludovica Serratrice

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, April 12th  GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Ludovica Serratrice (University of Reading/UiT The Arctic University of Norway) on “To share or not to share? Priming syntactic representations in young bilinguals“(abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: via Zoomto receive a Zoom link for SoSe2022 please send an Continue Reading

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RTG is hiring! 1 fully funded PhD position for 2 years. Application due date is April 3rd!

The Department of Romance Studies, Faculty of Modern Language of Modern Languages of Goethe University Frankfurt offers full funding for 1 position as Doctoral Researcher (E13 TV-GU, 65%-part-time) as a part of RTG ‘Nominal Modification‘. Due date for applications is November 3, 2022. For the details of application and requirements please click here.

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Virtual GK Colloquium February 15th: Giacomo Presotto & Maximilian Berthold

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, February 15th, GK Colloquium will be hosting two talks by our doctoral researchers. Giacomo Presotto will present his research entitled ‘On the disambiguation of subjects and objects in ORCs. Some thoughts on ameliorations in intervention effects’ (abstract) and Maximilian Berthold will present her research on ‘Nominal Aktionsarten‘ (abstract). When: 4:15 Continue Reading

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Virtual GK Colloquium February 8th: Nasimeh Bahmanian & Nehir Aygül

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, February 8th, GK Colloquium will be hosting two talks by our doctoral researchers. Nasimeh Bahmanian will present her research on ‘Argument structure affects relative clause extraposition: Evidence from a corpus study on Persian ‘ (abstract) and Nehir Aygül will present her research entitled ‘Computing Quantifier Scope‘ (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm Continue Reading

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Virtual GK Colloquium February 1st: Emine Şahingöz & Emma Merritt

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, February 1st, GK Colloquium will be hosting two talks by our doctoral researchers. Emine Şahingöz will present her research on ‘Differential Object Marking in Ossetic: A corpus-based analysis ‘ (abstract) and Emma Merritt will present her research entitled ‘Identifying Areas of Difficulty in the Comprehension of Recursion‘ (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 Continue Reading

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Virtual GK Colloquium January 25th: Liliana Sánchez

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, January 25th, virtual GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Liliana Sánchez (University of Illinois Chicago) on  “Differential Object Marking and Clitic Doubling in Spanish across the contact continuum” (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: via Zoomto receive a Zoom link for WiSe21/22 please send an e-mail to (). Continue Reading

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Virtual GK Colloquium January 18th: Joana Ferreira & Ahmad Al-Bitar

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, January 18th, GK Colloquium will be hosting two talks by our doctoral researchers. Joana Ferreira will present her research entitled ‘Some remarks on the selectional properties of “possível”: from Latin to modern European Portuguese‘ (abstract) and Ahmad Al-Bitar will present his research entitled ‘Why two word orders of the Continue Reading

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Astrid Gößwein’s Defense: January 14th, 2022

We are very happy to announce that on January 14th (Friday) 2022, Astrid Gößwein (a GK alumni) will be defending her dissertation on ”Processing complexity in prenominal present participle constructions in German”. We all wish Astrid good luck!

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Virtual GK Colloquium January 11th: Anne Pressler & Julien Foglietti

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, January 11th, GK Colloquium will be hosting two talks by our doctoral researchers. Anna Preßler will present her research on ‘The position of French attributive adjectives: a closer look at semantic considerations’ (abstract) and Julien Foglietti will present his research on ‘Proper names where you don’t expect them – Continue Reading

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Fenna Bergsma’s Defense: December 17th, 2021

We are very happy to announce that on December 17th (Friday) 2021, Fenna Bergsma (a GK alumni) will be defending her dissertation on ”Case competition in headless relatives”. We all wish Fenna good luck!

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Virtual GK Colloquium December 14th: Dimitrios Kotopoulis & Tommaso Mattiuzzi

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, December 14th, GK Colloquium will be hosting two talks by our doctoral researchers. Dimitrios Kotopoulis will present his research on ‘Theories of KP’ (abstract) and Tommaso Mattiuzzi will present his research on ‘(Lack of) Nominal Modification: What ‘slim’ nominals might tell us about modifiers’ (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Continue Reading

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Virtual GK Colloquium November 16th: Sebastian Bredemann

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, November 16th,  GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Sebastian Bredemann (doctoral researcher of GK) on “Phonologically conditioned gender mismatches in French”(abstract).  When: 5:00 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: via Zoom (to receive a Zoom link for WiSe21/22 please send an e-mail to )

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The first call for General Approaches to Language Acquisition Conference (GALA 15) is out.

 GALA 15  Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition Conference  WHEN September 15-17, 2022  WHERE Goethe University Frankfurt  HOMEPAGE: https://www.galafrankfurt2022.com We are pleased to announce the 15th Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition conference (GALA 15) to be held at Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany, on September 15-17, 2022.  ABOUT GALA  GALA is a biennial conference that brings together Continue Reading

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Virtual GK Colloquium November 9th: Viktor Köhlich

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, November 9th,  GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Viktor Köhlich on  “On the Syntactic Status of the Element –no and the Categorization of no-Modifiers in Japanese “(abstract).  When: 4:15 pm-5:00 pm (CET)Where:  via Zoom (to receive a Zoom link for WiSe21/22 please send an e-mail to )

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GK Colloquium will take place virtually again in WiSe21/22!

Dear all after 3 semesters of having GK Colloquium in a virtual format, due to the Corona situation in Frankfurt and its surrounding this semester we will continue to meet virtually for the GK Colloquium. To receive a zoom link please send an e-mail to . For the details of upcoming talks check out the Continue Reading

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Abigail Anne Bimpeh’s Defense: July 14th, 2021

We are very happy to announce that on July 14th, 2021 (Wednesday), Abigail Anne Bimpeh (GK Alumni) will be defending her doctoral dissertation entitled ‘Logophoricity in Ewe: An Empirical-Semantic Assessment of yè‘. We wish Abby good luck!

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Virtual GK Colloquium: Peng Zhou’s talk on June 29th is cancelled!

Please note that which was planned to take place on June 29th had to be cancelled!

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Virtual GK Colloquium:Fatima Hamlaoui’s tak on July 6th is cancelled!

Please note that Fatima Hamlaoui’s which was planned to take place on July 6th had to be cancelled!

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Sanja Srdanović’s Defense: June 10th, 2021

We are very happy to announce that on June 10th, 2021 (Thursday), Sanja Srdanović (GK Alumni)  will be defending her doctoral dissertation entitled ‘Referential Properties of Serbian Possessive’. We wish Sanja good luck!

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Virtual GK Colloquium June 15th: Eulàlia Bonet Alsina

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, June 15th, virtual GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Eulàlia Bonet Alsina on  “Allomorphy and floating segments” (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Online via Zoom(if you are not a regular member of RTG ‘Nominal Modification’ please send an e-mail to to receive a Zoom access link).

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Virtual GK Colloquium June 8th: Nikolaus P. Himmelmann

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, June 8th, virtual GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Nikolaus P. Himmelmann, on  “Determiners in Wooi (West Papua)” (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Online via Zoom(if you are not a regular member of RTG ‘Nominal Modification’ please send an e-mail to to receive a Zoom access link).

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Virtual GK Colloquium June 1st: Judith Tonhauser

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, June 1st, virtual GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk by Judith Tonhauser, on  “A time-relational framework for the temporal interpretation of noun phrases”. Please see below for the abstract. When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Online via Zoom(if you are not a regular member of RTG ‘Nominal Modification’ please send an Continue Reading

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Virtual GK Colloquium May 18th: Ora Matushansky

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, May 18th, virtual GK Colloquium will be hosting Ora Matushansky, who will give a talk on  “En France, à Paris, là-dedans – où?” (abstract) When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Online via Zoom(if you are not a regular member of RTG ‘Nominal Modification’ please send an e-mail to to receive a Continue Reading

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Virtual GK Colloquium May 11th: Gert Webelhuth

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, May 11th, virtual GK Colloquium will be hosting Gert Webelhuth (one of our PIs), who will give a talk on On the role of c-command in German. Abstract Reinhart (1983) proposed that quantificational binding is subject to a surface c-command condition. Her claim has been widely accepted in the literature Continue Reading

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Virtual GK Colloquium May 4th: Luigi Rizzi

We are happy to announce that on Tuesday, May 4th, virtual GK Colloquium will be hosting Luigi Rizzi, who will give a talk on Some thoughts on merge: typology, labeling, and freezing effects (abstract). When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Online via Zoom(if you are not a regular member of RTG ‘Nominal Modification’ please send an e-mail to to Continue Reading

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Virtual GK Colloquium April 27th: Johannes Mursell & Katharina Hartmann

On Tuesday, April 27th, virtual GK Colloquium will be hosting a talk entitled Typing Relative Clauses in Dagbani (Mabia) (abstract) by Johannes Mursell and Katharina Hartmann (one of our PIs).  When: 4:15 pm-6:00 pm (CET)Where: Online via Zoom(if you are not a regular member of RTG ‘Nominal Modification’ please send an e-mail to to receive a Zoom access Continue Reading

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