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(Editorial) The nature and nurture of heritage language acquisition

(Editorial) The nature and nurture of heritage language acquisition

Guijarro-Fuentes, Pedro and Schmitz, Katrin (2015) (Editorial) The nature and nurture of heritage language acquisition. Lingua, 164 (B). pp. 239-250. ISSN 0024-3841 (doi:

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The present Special Issue presents a selection of papers resulting from the workshop “Heritage languages: language contact-change-maintenance and loss in the wave of new migration landscapes” which was held at the University of Wuppertal, Germany, in October 2012. Combining empirical research and theoretical discussion, the papers significantly contribute to the ongoing debate and process of theorizing in heritage language (HL) acquisition of the last decade, since they offer further possibilities to narrow down constellations and types of phenomena where the hotly debated issue of incomplete acquisition, i.e., the idea of a language acquisition process in childhood which, most likely due to insufficient input, does not lead to a fully developed system of the L1, may indeed occur. By studying a variety of language combinations, most of which have thus far been the subject of relatively little research, namely Portuguese/German, Spanish/German, Italian/German, French/German, French/Italian, French/Spanish, Italian/English, Cantonese/English, Russian/English and Greek/Swedish, it becomes possible to achieve a better basis in order to study some of the issues identified by Benmamoun et al. (2013b)

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Language Acquisition, Heritage Language, Migration Language
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS)
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2016 13:15

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