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Kulturen im Dialog IV - Culture in Dialogo IV - Cultures in Dialogue IV

Viertes JungakademikerInnen-Forum in Südtirol. Quarto Forum per Neolaureati in Alto Adige. Fourth Forum for Young Graduates in South Tyrol


Annemarie Profanter

JungakademikerInnen unterschiedlicher Fachgebiete haben sich mit der Idee den interdisziplinären sowie interkulturellen wissenschaftlichen Dialog zu fördern ans Werk gemacht und setzen sich in ihren Beiträgen mit internationalen Fragen beziehungsweise regionalen Themen auseinander.

Neolaureati di diverse facoltà con l’idea di promuovere il dialogo interdisciplinare come anche quello scientifico interculturale si sono dati da fare e trattano nelle loro opere questioni internazionali ossia temi regionali.

In an aim to promote an interdisciplinary and intercultural scientific dialog young graduates of diverse disciplines have tackled the task of intensive investigation into "cultures in dialogue". In their contributions they deal with questions about international and regional issues.

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The impact of diglossia in early language development: A case study in South Tyrol (Mara Leonardi)


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Mara Leonardi

The impact of diglossia in early language development: A case study in South Tyrol

Abstract Growing up in a diglossic situation, where a High (H) and Low variety (L)1 coexist in the same community, has a similar impact on children’s linguistic development as in second language (L2) development2. The present study examined receptive German language comprehension at preschool age in South Tyrol (Italy) and Germany. The Germanic-speaking language group in South Tyrol is characterized by being diglossic: Bavarian (L) is people’s native language, is used at home, in personal domains and everyday activities. German (H), on the other hand, is learned through formal education, and is used for official written and formal spoken purposes. In order to assess receptive German language skills, the standardized tool TROG-D3 was used. 54 Bavarian-speaking children from South Tyrol (mean age=3;8 years) and a control group of 44 German monolingual children from Germany (mean age=4;0 years) participated in the study. Preliminary results demonstrate that the diglossic context present in South Tyrol interferes with children’s early language comprehension. The outcome clearly shows that German monolinguals perform significantly better than their Bavarian-speaking peers on the receptive language test.

1. Introduction

The development of positive linguistic attitudes and a positive dialogue between languages and its speakers are not only necessary when learning two separate languages, such as Standard German and Russian, but are even important among two related varieties, such...

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