The Case of Polish Children in Sweden
Formally, this book has one author only. This fact, however, does not fully reflect the whole truth, since the present monograph is an effect of several years of studies conducted by a research team that I headed as Professor at the University of Gothenburg. Therefore, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the colleagues I worked with at the time. First of all, I owe a great debt of thanks to Morgan Nilsson, then a PhD student in the Institute of Slavic Languages in Gothenburg, now head of the same Institute (incorporated into a larger department). The effort he put into processing (and listening through) the recorded texts, their digital management and developing a tool for their electronic transcription (a version of Chi-writer, devised in cooperation with Rachela Zilinsky to suit the needs of the project) can hardly be overestimated. Language consultations with Morgan, the only Swede in the team, were also invaluable. I am indebted to Rachela as well, not only for her work on the texts but also for preparing the statistical data (presented in tables in the chapters below) concerning the study group. I am also grateful to my other colleagues and assistants, PhD students at the time, from the Institute of Slavic Languages: Marzena Malmgren, Joanna Nowicka, Jolanta Vogel, Alicja Bruseman and Krystyna Leczycka. Apart from conducting interviews with the children and their parents, they undertook the challenging task of recording and listening through the children’s utterances, as well as preparing their orthographic and...
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