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dc.contributor.authorPolinsky, Maria
dc.contributor.authorKagan, Olga
dc.date.accessioned2009-11-05T18:04:25Z
dc.date.issued2007
dc.identifier.citationPolinsky, Maria, and Olga Kagan. 2007. Heritage languages: In the 'wild' and in the classroom. Language and Linguistics Compass 1(5): 368-395.en_US
dc.identifier.issn1749-818Xen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:3382973
dc.description.abstractHeritage speakers are people raised in a home where one language is spoken who subsequently switch to another dominant language. The version of the home language that they have not completely acquired – heritage language – has only recently been given the attention it deserves from linguists and language instructors. Despite the appearance of great variation among heritage speakers, they fall along a continuum based upon the speakers' distance from the baseline language. Such a continuum-based model enables researchers and instructors to classify heritage speakers more accurately and readily. This article discusses the results of research on lower-proficiency speakers, identifying recurrent features of heritage languages in phonology, morphology, and syntax. Preliminary results indicate that different heritage languages share a number of structural similarities; this finding is important for the understanding of general processes involved in language acquisition. The article also presents implications of the main findings for language education and identifies areas needing further study.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipLinguisticsen_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherBlackwell Publishingen_US
dc.relation.isversionofhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1749-818x.2007.00022.xen_US
dc.relation.hasversionhttp://scholar.iq.harvard.edu/sites/scholar.iq.harvard.edu/files/mpolinsky/files/Offprint.pdfen_US
dash.licenseLAA
dc.titleHeritage Languages: In the 'Wild' and in the Classroomen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.description.versionAccepted Manuscripten_US
dc.relation.journalLanguage and Linguistics Compassen_US
dash.depositing.authorPolinsky, Maria
dc.date.available2009-11-05T18:04:25Z
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1749-818x.2007.00022.x*
dash.contributor.affiliatedPolinsky, Maria


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