LINGUIST List 31.1524

Tue May 05 2020

Books: Heritage Languages and their Speakers: Polinsky

Editor for this issue: Jeremy Coburn <>

Date: 23-Apr-2020
From: Rachel Tonkin <>
Subject: Heritage Languages and their Speakers: Polinsky
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Title: Heritage Languages and their Speakers
Series Title: Cambridge Studies in Linguistics 159
Published: 2020
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Maria Polinsky
Paperback: ISBN: 9781107642966 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 33.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781107642966 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 25.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781107642966 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 30.33

Editor's Note: This is a new edition of a previously announced title.

This book provides a pioneering introduction to heritage languages and their speakers, written by one of the founders of this new field. Using examples from a wide range of languages, it covers all the main components of grammar, including phonetics and phonology, morphology and morphosyntax, semantics and pragmatics, and shows easy familiarity with approaches ranging from formal grammar to typology, from sociolinguistics to child language acquisition and other relevant aspects of psycholinguistics. The book offers analysis of resilient and vulnerable domains in heritage languages, with a special emphasis on recurrent structural properties that occur across multiple heritage languages. It is explicit about instances where, based on our current knowledge, we are unable to reach a clear decision on a particular claim or analytical point, and therefore provides a much-needed resource for future research.

1. Introduction; 2. Heritage English; 3. How to study heritage speakers: some observations on the methodologies and approaches; 4. Phonetics and phonology; 5. Morphology and morphosyntax; 6. Syntax; 7. Semantics and pragmatics; 8. Heritage speakers in unexpected places; Conclusions.

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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