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Query Subject:   Nishga - aka Nass-Gitksan
Author:   Jeff Siegel
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Language Acquisition

Query:   Fri, 12 Feb 1999 14:34:15 +1100
Jeff Siegel
Second dialect acquisition


I'm writing a book chapter on second dialect acquisition, and was wondering if anyone knows of any research on this topic. I'm especially interested in the acquisition of the standard variety by speakers of nonstandard varieties or lexically related pidgins and

I'm already familiar with Bull (1990), Chambers (1992), Craig (1983), sterberg (1961), Stern (1988), and some older, pre-1980 studies.

Please reply directly to me at .
I'll post a summary.

Many thanks.

Jeff Siegel
University of New England
Armidale, NSW 2351 Australia

fax: +61 2 6775 3735
LL Issue: 10.229
Date posted: 12-Feb-1999


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