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Second language acquisition in complex linguistic environments

Russian native speakers acquiring standard and non-standard varieties of German and Czech

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Edited By Juliane Besters-Dilger and Hana Gladkova

Russian-speaking immigrants residing in the Czech Republic or Germany are faced with the challenge of acquiring the Slavic (Czech) or Non-Slavic (German) language of the new environment. This process is influenced by their native language. The volume empirically analyses the acquisition of a related language compared to that of a non- or distantly related one and explores how the non-homogeneous language of the new environment – situation of diglossia in the Czech Republic, diaglossia in Germany – influences this acquisition. It additionally examines the impact of several sociolinguistic factors on L2 acquisition, especially age.

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Aleksandr Sukhanek - The Linguistic Situation of Russian-Speaking Immigrants Living in a Czech-Speaking Environment

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Aleksandr Sukhanek

The Linguistic Situation of Russian-Speaking Immigrants Living in a Czech-Speaking Environment

1 Introduction

As is well known, acquisition of the language spoken in the country of residence is one of the most important factors for successful integration of immigrants. In this chapter we shall look at the structure of our respondents, specific features of their language profile, the factor of age when the respondents start learning Czech (age of initial acquisition, hereinafter AIA), length of residence (LoR) in the Czech Republic and other sociolinguistic factors influencing the process of second language acquisition, as well as general language competence in the second language (L2).

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