Only English by the third generation? Loss and preservation of the mother tongue among the grandchildren of contemporary immigrants

  title={Only English by the third generation? Loss and preservation of the mother tongue among the grandchildren of contemporary immigrants},
  author={Richard Alba and John Logan and Amy C. Lutz and Brian J. Stults},
We investigate whether a three-generation model of linguistic assimilation, known from previous waves of immigration, can be applied to the descendants of contemporary immigrant groups. Using the 5% Integrated Public Use Microdata Sample 1990 file, we examine the home languages of second- and third-generation children and compare the degree of their language shift against that among the descendants of European immigrants, as evidenced in the 1940 and 1970 censuses. Overall, the rates of… 

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