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Incomplete Acquisition American Russian
Abstract: This paper has two main goals: (i) to provide a description of the language of incomplete learners of Russian living in the U.S. and (ii) to identify across-the-board differences between a
Heritage languages and their speakers: Opportunities and challenges for linguistics
Abstract In this paper, we bring to the attention of the linguistic community recent research on heritage languages. Shifting linguistic attention from the model of a monolingual speaker to the model
Gender under Incomplete Acquisition: Heritage Speakers' Knowledge of Noun Categorization.
The heritage population poses another challenge to language researchers: it is not always clear how to assess what it is that heritage speakers do and do not know in their first language, so developing replicable methodology of language investigation is also essential for heritage language studies as a field.
Heritage Languages: In the 'Wild' and in the Classroom
Preliminary results indicate that different heritage languages share a number of structural similarities; this finding is important for the understanding of general processes involved in language acquisition.
  • M. Polinsky
  • Linguistics
    Studies in Second Language Acquisition
  • 6 May 2011
This study presents and analyzes the comprehension of relative clauses in child and adult speakers of Russian, comparing monolingual controls with Russian heritage speakers (HSs) who are
Heritage Languages and Their Speakers
This book provides a pioneering introduction to heritage languages and their speakers, written by one of the founders of this new field, and offers analysis of resilient and vulnerable domains in heritage languages, with a special emphasis on recurrent structural properties that occur across multiple heritage languages.
Long-Distance Agreement And Topic In Tsez
This paper presents and analyzes a unique pattern of long-distance agreement in the Nakh-Daghestanian language Tsez, spoken in the Caucasus, and concludes that syntactic agreement cannot be reduced to a specifier-head configuration in all cases.
Subject preference in Korean
This paper addresses certain issues that arise with regard to Korean relative clauses from both a theoretical and an experimental perspective, and presents robust evidence that even in head-final languages like Korean, subject gaps of all types enjoy a processing advantage.