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Title: First Language Attrition, Use and Maintenance
Subtitle: The case of German Jews in anglophone countries
Written By: Monika S Schmid
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/
Series Title: Studies in Bilingualism
Description:

This book is a study of the L1 attrition of German among German Jews who
emigrated to anglophone countries under the Nazi regime. It places the
study of language attrition within the historical and sociocultural
framework of Weimar and Nazi Germany, applying issues of identity and
identification to first language loss and maintenance. Morphosyntactic
features of German are looked at in free spoken discourse, in an analysis
of both ‘interferences’ or ‘errors’ and their overall (correct) use. The
picture of L1 proficiency which emerges from these investigations is then
related to a taxonomy of intensity of persecution, clearly demonstrating
this to be the decisive factor in language attrition, while showing other
factors such as age at emigration and intermediate use to be
inconclusive.In order to give a full and tangible picture of language
attrition and maintenance, the book comes with an Audio-CD, featuring
excerpts from more than twenty of the interviews analyzed.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations xi
Preface xiii
Introduction 1
1. Language contact, language change, and language attrition 7
2. The situation of German Jews • A historical overview 45
3. The study 63
4. Morphology: NP-inflection 85
5. Morphology II: VP inflection 127
6. Syntax 149
7. Predictor variables 169
Conclusion 191
Notes 193
References 197
Appendix 213
Index 253

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics
Anthropological Linguistics
Subject Language(s): German
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ISBN: 902724135X
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: xiv, 259 pp.
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ISBN: 1588111903
ISBN-13: 9781588111906
Pages: xiv, 259 pp.
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