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ERIC Number: EJ1137745
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1931-3152
How First Is First? Revisiting Language Maintenance and Shift and the Meaning of L1/L2 in Three Case Studies
Latham Keh, Melissa; Stoessel, Saskia
International Multilingual Research Journal, v11 n2 p101-114 2017
Looking at data from three siblings from a German/Polish family that immigrated to the United States in 1952, we discuss bilingual language development and the effect of teacher support in schools on language maintenance and shift. All three subjects report that they did not give up their heritage language but rather came back to it at different times. It is this tension between motivations to use/maintain the heritage language that we focus on to render a valuable retrospective account for questions of language choice through qualitative data and personal voices. Holding the family variable constant, we show how developments within each subject's life matter for language choice and highlight a dynamic nature of the notions of first language (L1) and bilingualism during different stages of the subjects' lives. Additionally, regarding schooling, we show that a presumably subtractive language learning environment may not always result in subtractive bilingualism.
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Language: English
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