LINGUIST List 31.3943

Sat Dec 19 2020

Summer Schools: Thirteenth Heritage Language Research Institute / USA

Editor for this issue: Sarah Robinson <>

Date: 18-Dec-2020
From: maria polinsky <>
Subject: Thirteenth Heritage Language Research Institute / USA
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Host Institution: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dates: 07-Jun-2021 - 11-Jun-2021
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, USA

Focus: Heritage Language Research
Minimum Education Level: No Minimum

Researchers working on heritage languages and bilingualism more generally occasionally notice that the degree of heritage language maintenance varies depending on the dominant language of the bilingual dyad. For example, Spanish as a heritage language spoken in Germany seems to be weaker than Spanish as a heritage language with French as the dominant language. While some such differences in heritage language maintenance are undoubtedly attributable to societal factors, it is also important to consider the linguistic distance between the two languages and the role structural and genetic relations between languages in the bilingual dyad in the maintenance of the heritage member of that dyad.

Language similarity, however evaluated, has played a prominent role in studies of L2 and L3 acquisition (Rothman 2011, Montrul et al. 2011, Polinsky 2015, Benmamoun and Albirini 2016) but has not been systematically considered in heritage contexts. Further still, in considering language similarities and distance, it is important to include not only different languages but different dialects of the same language. For instance, a heritage speaker of Levantine Arabic may find it easier to accommodate to the Egyptian variety of Arabic than to a Moroccan variety. Yet another important dimension of language similarity and distance emerges when we include heritage creole languages. Being languages in their own right, they are nevertheless largely ignored in the classroom to the extent that a heritage speaker of Haitian Creole may be asked to take French as their “home” language.

The 13th Heritage Language Research Institute is designed to address these and related issues of linguistic distance and language or dialect similarity in the heritage context, both in relation to linguistic research and research-based language pedagogy. The Institute will give equal time/coverage to pedagogical and theoretical-linguistic approaches to heritage languages and will actively seek new ways to build synergies between these two approaches.
Registration: 31-Jan-2021 to 01-Mar-2021
Contact Person: Arturo Diaz

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