Heritage Languages: In the 'Wild' and in the Classroom

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Heritage Languages: In the 'Wild' and in the Classroom

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dc.contributor.author Polinsky, Maria
dc.contributor.author Kagan, Olga
dc.date.accessioned 2009-11-05T18:04:25Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.citation Polinsky, 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.issn 1749-818X en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:3382973
dc.description.abstract Heritage 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.sponsorship Linguistics en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Blackwell Publishing en_US
dc.relation.isversionof http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1749-818x.2007.00022.x en_US
dc.relation.hasversion http://scholar.iq.harvard.edu/sites/scholar.iq.harvard.edu/files/mpolinsky/files/Offprint.pdf en_US
dash.license LAA
dc.title Heritage Languages: In the 'Wild' and in the Classroom en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.description.version Accepted Manuscript en_US
dc.relation.journal Language and Linguistics Compass en_US
dash.depositing.author Polinsky, Maria
dc.date.available 2009-11-05T18:04:25Z

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