Edited by Peter Siemund, Ingrid Gogolin, Monika Edith Schulz and Julia Davydova
[Hamburg Studies on Linguistic Diversity 1] 2013
► pp. 165–176
Multilingualism and identity
What linguistic biographies of migrants can tell us
How do migrants integrate the languages they experience and acquire during their migration into their linguistic identities? From a sociolinguistic perspective it is important to see which communication spaces and which communication roles can be taken by the migrants themselves and which are open to them because of the power structures of the societies they live in respectively. Language portraits and biographical interviews help to see which dispositions and attitudes develop, which linguistic heritage is structuring the identity change during the migration process.