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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.Read more
- This book is the go-to text for the study of heritage languages
- Combines current work on heritage languages with research in different subfields of linguistics, enabling readers who are familiar with one subfield to gain a broader understanding of others
- Avoids complex statistical and experimental details or, where they are necessary, explains them in an accessible way
Reviews & endorsements
‘Maria Polinsky has written a comprehensive and authoritative work that will be an indispensable point of reference for future research on heritage languages. Her book takes a very detailed look at heritage languages, but it never loses sight of a central question for all linguists: what does it mean to be a speaker of a language?' Grant Goodall, University of California, San DiegoSee more reviews
‘This volume is thorough, comprehensive, and multifaceted, capturing the uniqueness, complexities and subtleties that characterize heritage language. A plethora of concrete research evidence from numerous languages is provided to illustrate the points made.’ Mitsuyo Sakamoto, LINGUIST List
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- Date Published: April 2020
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107642966
- dimensions: 228 x 152 x 28 mm
- weight: 0.65kg
- contains: 49 b/w illus. 16 tables
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
2. Heritage English
3. How to study heritage speakers: some observations on the methodologies and approaches
4. Phonetics and phonology
5. Morphology and morphosyntax
7. Semantics and pragmatics
8. Heritage speakers in unexpected places
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