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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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Juliane Besters-Dilger - Morphosyntactic Difficulties for Russian Native Speakers in Czech and German

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Juliane Besters-Dilger

Morphosyntactic Difficulties for Russian Native Speakers in Czech and German

1 Introduction

The current study aims at assessing the possibility of comparing the linguistic behavior of Russian-language speakers using Czech and German. The results of scientific research into the acquisition of a closely related language (Czech) and of a more distant language (German) will be contrasted. At the same time, the study examines morphosyntactic departures of Russian-language speakers from Czech/German standard, identified in the course of the current project. Our foremost intention was not to compare morphosyntactic departures with classical Russian-Czech (e.g. Kubík 1982) and Russian-German (e.g. Gladrow 1998) contrastive grammar, but primarily to address the following research-oriented questions:

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