Heritage Languages

A language contact approach

ORCID logoSuzanne Aalberse | University of Amsterdam
Ad Backus | Tilburg University
Pieter Muysken | Radboud University Nijmegen
ISBN 9789027204714 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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Heritage languages, such as the Turkish varieties spoken in Berlin or the Spanish used in Los Angeles, are non-dominant languages, often with little prestige. Their speakers also speak the dominant language of the country they live in. Often heritage languages undergo changes due to their special status. They have received a lot of scholarly attention and provide a link between academic concerns and educational issues. This book takes a language contact perspective: we consider heritage languages from the perspective of their history, their structural properties, and their interaction with other surrounding languages.

The chapter on Bilingual language use has been co-authored by Anne Verschik; the chapter on Processing has been co-authored by Gerrit Jan Kootstra; and the chapter on Papiamentu has been co-authored by Bart Jacobs.

[Studies in Bilingualism, 58] 2019.  xix, 302 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“Aalberse, Backus & Muysken provide a very informative, well researched dive into the field of heritage language through the lens of language contact. The concrete examples of understudied languages taken from recorded language corpora as well as the global perspective of the research makes this an especially distinctive work. This book will make a great addition to anyone interested in heritage languages and their speakers and language contact phenomena.”
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Aalberse, Suzanne
Abraham, Werner, Andrzej Kątny & Piotr Bartelik
2022. Kashubian – its Middle Low German heritage as partial superstrate. Glottotheory 13:1  pp. 45 ff. DOI logo
Antonova-Unlu, Elena, Li Wei & Didem Kaya-Soykan
2021. Interfaces in the returnees’ heritage language: Is the complete (re-)activation possible?. International Journal of Bilingualism 25:6  pp. 1764 ff. DOI logo
Arnaus Gil, Laia
2022. Spanish and German as heritage and majority languages in early multilingual acquisition: family language policies and other child-external factors for heritage language competence. International Journal of Multilingualism 19:2  pp. 210 ff. DOI logo
Backus, Ad & Derya Demirçay
2021. Intense Turkish-Dutch bilingualism leads to intense Turkish-Dutch mixing. Belgian Journal of Linguistics 35  pp. 13 ff. DOI logo
Bakker, Peter
2022. Pieter Cornelis Muysken (1950–2021). Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages 37:1  pp. 1 ff. DOI logo
Barbour, Catherine
2022. Translingual Empowerment: Exophonic Women’s Writing in Catalan and Spanish. Parallax 28:1  pp. 58 ff. DOI logo
Bayram, Fatih
2020. Chapter 1. Turkish as a heritage language. In Studies in Turkish as a Heritage Language [Studies in Bilingualism, 60],  pp. 1 ff. DOI logo
Bayram, Fatih, Maki Kubota, Alicia Luque, Diego Pascual y Cabo & Jason Rothman
2021. You Can’t Fix What Is Not Broken: Contextualizing the Imbalance of Perceptions About Heritage Language Bilingualism. Frontiers in Education 6 DOI logo
Chen, Jia, Lin Wang & Youngsoon Kim
2023. Challenging journeys for minority language-speaking parents: teaching heritage language in inter-lingual families. International Journal of Multilingualism  pp. 1 ff. DOI logo
D'Alessandro, Roberta
2021. Syntactic Change in Contact: Romance. Annual Review of Linguistics 7:1  pp. 309 ff. DOI logo
D'Alessandro, Roberta, David Natvig & Michael T. Putnam
2021. Addressing Challenges in Formal Research on Moribund Heritage Languages: A Path Forward. Frontiers in Psychology 12 DOI logo
di Salvo, Margherita & Naomi Nagy
2022. Chapter 12. Differential object marking in heritage and homeland Italian. In Variation in Second and Heritage Languages [Studies in Language Variation, 28],  pp. 311 ff. DOI logo
2022. Göç ve Dil. MSGSÜ Sosyal Bilimler 2:26  pp. 625 ff. DOI logo
Fridman, Clara, Maria Polinsky & Natalia Meir
2023. Cross-linguistic influence meets diminished input: A comparative study of heritage Russian in contact with Hebrew and English. Second Language Research DOI logo
Georgiou, Georgios P. & Aretousa Giannakou
2024. Acoustic Characteristics of Greek Vowels Produced by Adult Heritage Speakers of Albanian. Acoustics 6:1  pp. 257 ff. DOI logo
Hutson, James, Pace Ellsworth & Matt Ellsworth
2024. Preserving Linguistic Diversity in the Digital Age: A Scalable Model for Cultural Heritage Continuity . Journal of Contemporary Language Research 3:1  pp. 10 ff. DOI logo
Iefremenko, Kateryna, Christoph Schroeder & Jaklin Kornfilt
2021. Converbs in heritage Turkish: A contrastive approach. Nordic Journal of Linguistics 44:2  pp. 130 ff. DOI logo
Kantarovich, Jessica
2022. Language variation in a shifting community: Different patterns of noun incorporation in Modern Chukchi. International Journal of Bilingualism 26:5  pp. 620 ff. DOI logo
Kaya-Soykan, Didem, Elena Antonova-Unlu & Cigdem Sagin-Simsek
2023. The production and perception of Turkish evidentiality markers by Turkish-German returnees. Applied Linguistics Review 14:2  pp. 251 ff. DOI logo
Kinn, Kari & George Walkden
2023. Exploring Norn: A Historical Heritage Language of the British Isles. In Medieval English in a Multilingual Context [New Approaches to English Historical Linguistics, ],  pp. 377 ff. DOI logo
Laleko, Oksana
2021. Discourse and Information Structure in Heritage Languages. In The Cambridge Handbook of Heritage Languages and Linguistics,  pp. 691 ff. DOI logo
Laleko, Oksana
2022. Word order and information structure in heritage and L2 Russian: Focus and unaccusativity effects in subject inversion. International Journal of Bilingualism 26:6  pp. 749 ff. DOI logo
Laleko, Oksana
2023. 5. The Roadmap of Heritage Language Research in North America. Publication of the American Dialect Society 108:1  pp. 95 ff. DOI logo
Lorenz, Eliane, Yevheniia Hasai & Peter Siemund
2021. Multilingual lexical transfer challenges monolingual educational norms: not quite!. Multilingua 40:6  pp. 791 ff. DOI logo
Moro, Francesca R. & Gina Russo
2024. Family language policy in multilingual Filipino families in Italy. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development  pp. 1 ff. DOI logo
Nagy, Naomi & Marisa Brook
2020. Constraints on speech rate: A heritage-language perspective. International Journal of Bilingualism  pp. 136700692092093 ff. DOI logo
Olfert, Helena
2023. The concept of register in heritage language retention. Register Studies 5:1  pp. 52 ff. DOI logo
Parafita Couto, M. Carmen, Charlotte Pouw, Rodi Laanen & Luis López
2024. The role of INFL in code-switching: a study of a Papiamento heritage community in the Netherlands. Frontiers in Language Sciences 2 DOI logo
Pavlou, Natalia & Kleanthes K. Grohmann
2021. Heritage Languages in Southeastern Europe. In The Cambridge Handbook of Heritage Languages and Linguistics,  pp. 69 ff. DOI logo
Rao, Rajiv & Maria Polinsky
2024. Introduction. In The Phonetics and Phonology of Heritage Languages,  pp. 1 ff. DOI logo
Rao, Rajiv & Sandro Sessarego
2020. Introduction. In Spanish Phonetics and Phonology in Contact [Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics, 28],  pp. 1 ff. DOI logo
Rodriguez-Ordoñez, Itxaso, Jonathan Kasstan & Bernadette O’Rourke
2022. Responding to sociolinguistic change: New speakers and variationist sociolinguistics. International Journal of Bilingualism 26:5  pp. 529 ff. DOI logo
Rodríguez-Ordóñez, Itxaso & Lorena Sainzmaza-Lecanda
2021. Contact Linguistics and Heritage Languages. In The Cambridge Handbook of Heritage Languages and Linguistics,  pp. 471 ff. DOI logo
Romanowski, Piotr
2021. A deliberate language policy or a perceived lack of agency: Heritage language maintenance in the Polish community in Melbourne. International Journal of Bilingualism 25:5  pp. 1214 ff. DOI logo
Sanz-Sánchez, Israel
Scetti, Fabio
2023. The Portuguese community of Sydney: ethnographic study on representations of Portuguese identity. International Journal of Multilingualism  pp. 1 ff. DOI logo
Torres, Julio
2023. Exploring working memory and language dominance in heritage bilinguals’ writing processes. Studies in Second Language Acquisition 45:3  pp. 710 ff. DOI logo
Torres, Julio
2024. Chapter 11. Heritage language education. In Multifaceted Multilingualism [Studies in Bilingualism, 66],  pp. 270 ff. DOI logo
Tse, Holman
2024. Functional Load and Vowel Merger in Toronto Heritage Cantonese. In The Phonetics and Phonology of Heritage Languages,  pp. 280 ff. DOI logo
Tsehaye, Wintai
2023. Light-weights placed right: post-field constituents in heritage German. Frontiers in Psychology 14 DOI logo
Tsehaye, Wintai, Tatiana Pashkova, Rosemarie Tracy & Shanley E. M. Allen
2021. Deconstructing the Native Speaker: Further Evidence From Heritage Speakers for Why This Horse Should Be Dead!. Frontiers in Psychology 12 DOI logo
van Baal, Yvonne & David Natvig
2021. Introduction to the special issue on Heritage languages & Bilingualism. Nordic Journal of Linguistics 44:2  pp. 99 ff. DOI logo
van Osch, Brechje, Ivo H.G. Boers, Janet Grijzenhout, M. Carmen Parafita Couto, Bo Sterken & Deniz Tat
2022. Chapter 9. Cross-linguistic influence in bilingual grammars. In The Acquisition of Gender [Studies in Bilingualism, 63],  pp. 209 ff. DOI logo
Walla, Dianna
2024. Metalinguistic awareness in the multilingual EFL classroom: a study of grade 5–7 students in Norway. International Journal of Multilingualism  pp. 1 ff. DOI logo
Wiese, Heike, Artemis Alexiadou, Shanley Allen, Oliver Bunk, Natalia Gagarina, Kateryna Iefremenko, Maria Martynova, Tatiana Pashkova, Vicky Rizou, Christoph Schroeder, Anna Shadrova, Luka Szucsich, Rosemarie Tracy, Wintai Tsehaye, Sabine Zerbian & Yulia Zuban
2022. Heritage Speakers as Part of the Native Language Continuum. Frontiers in Psychology 12 DOI logo
Wu, Ruilin & Esli Struys
2021. Language Dominance and Sociolinguistic Experience Are Related to Language Control and Domain-General Monitoring Control: An Investigation in Bilinguals Who Live in a Minority/Majority Sociolinguistic Setting. Frontiers in Psychology 12 DOI logo
Zerbian, Sabine, Yulia Zuban & Martin Klotz
2023. Intonational Features of Spontaneous Narrations in Monolingual and Heritage Russian in the U.S.—An Exploration of the RUEG Corpus. Languages 9:1  pp. 2 ff. DOI logo
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2021. Grammatical Aspects of Heritage Languages. In The Cambridge Handbook of Heritage Languages and Linguistics,  pp. 579 ff. DOI logo
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2021. Heritage Languages around the World. In The Cambridge Handbook of Heritage Languages and Linguistics,  pp. 11 ff. DOI logo
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2021. Research Approaches to Heritage Languages. In The Cambridge Handbook of Heritage Languages and Linguistics,  pp. 373 ff. DOI logo

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CFDM: Bilingualism & multilingualism

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LAN020000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Study & Teaching
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