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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

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Full Title: Romance Languages as Minority and/or Heritage Languages

Location: London, Ontario, Canada
Start Date: 02-May-2014 - 04-May-2014
Contact: Silvia Perpiñán
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting Description: Heritage speakers, or early bilingual speakers of minority languages (typically 2nd or 3rd generation immigrants), have not received much attention in linguistic research until recently. Most of these studies have shown that heritage speakers attain different degrees of command of their first or family language, but on average they do not reach native-like attainment in adulthood. There is a longer tradition of research on minority languages, for example, minority French in Ontario, which examines minority language restriction as one factor in language variation.
Linguistic Subfield: General Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Sociolinguistics
Subject Language Family: Romance
LL Issue: 24.4242

This is a session of the following meeting:
Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages

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