Lost in Transmission

The role of attrition and input in heritage language development

Bernhard Brehmer | University of Konstanz
ORCID logoJeanine Treffers-Daller | University of Reading
ISBN 9789027205391 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027261359 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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Heritage speakers are a fascinating group of bilinguals with a unique profile. Living abroad as immigrants of the second generation, they speak the language of their own speech community (the heritage language) at home, and the societally dominant language in most other domains. What exactly they know about their heritage language continues to fascinate the research community as well as teachers and other practitioners working with this group. The different contributions cover a large variety of studies into heritage languages spoken in Europe and North America (including Chinese, Norwegian, Russian, Spanish and Turkish). The volume makes a key contribution to the description and explanation of variability in the outcomes of heritage language acquisition, taking into account a wide range of factors which impact on language acquisition. As comparisons are frequently made with monolinguals and foreign language learners, the volume is also highly relevant for researchers working in monolingual language acquisition and foreign language learning and teaching.
[Studies in Bilingualism, 59] 2020.  vii, 276 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“This volume is a superb contribution to the burgeoning study of heritage bilingual acquisition.
The editors and the contributing authors have put together a thought-provoking book that engages in theoretical and empirical research. The collection raises questions that only future research and the study of more diverse language pairs will be able to untangle. In sum, this work is another significant contribution that helps to understand the variable linguistic outcomes of heritage bilinguals and serves as a pertinent resource for language teachers and researchers.”
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Cited by 2 other publications

Camacho, José
2022. Paradigmatic Uniformity: Evidence from Heritage Speakers of Spanish. Languages 7:1  pp. 14 ff. DOI logo
Schmitt, Elena & Anastasia Sorokina
2024. Guest editorial: Language attrition – a comprehensive introduction. The Language Learning Journal  pp. 1 ff. DOI logo

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Main BIC Subject

CFDC: Language acquisition

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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