Lost in Transmission

The role of attrition and input in heritage language development

| University of Konstanz
| University of Reading
ISBN 9789027205391 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027261359 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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
Table of Contents
Two sides of one coin? The relevance of first language attrition for the acquisition of heritage languages
Bernhard Brehmer and Jeanine Treffers-Daller
Definiteness in Wenzhounese Chinese in the Netherlands and in China: Evidence for generational change in two locations
Suzanne Aalberse, Sible Andringa, Martina Faber and Phine Lippe
Effects of first language attrition on heritage language input and ultimate attainment: Two generations of Turkish immigrants in the UK
Tuğba Karayayla
Not in the mood: Frequency effects in heritage speakers’ subjunctive knowledge
David Giancaspro
Word order variation in heritage languages: Subject shift and object shift in Norwegian
Merete Anderssen and Marit Westergaard
Language contact: Gender agreement in Spanish L2 learners and heritage speakers
Jessica Diebowski
How do parental input and socio-economic status account for differences within and between the cohorts?
Elke G. Montanari, Roman Abel, Lilia Tschudinovski and Barbara Graßer
Heritage and non-heritage bilinguals: The role of biliteracy and bilingual education
Maria Andreou, Ifigenia Dosi, Despina Papadopoulou and Ianthi Maria Tsimpli
High sensitivity to conceptual cues in Turkish heritage speakers with dominant German L2: Comparing semantics–morphosyntax and pragmatics–morphosyntax interfaces
Elif Krause
The Frequency Code and gendered attrition and acquisition in the German-English heritage language community in Vancouver, Canada
Esther de Leeuw
Does extensive L2 exposure trigger L1 attrition of perfective and durative aspect marking in Mandarin Chinese?
Shi Zhang
Language Index
Author Index
Subject Index
“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.”
Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFDC – Language acquisition
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
ONIX Metadata
ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2019055933 | Marc record