Topics: In the aftermath of immigration, new generations often speak “heritage languages”, a notion Rothman (2009) defines this way: “A language qualifies as a heritage language if it is a language spoken at home or otherwise readily available to young children, and crucially this language is not a dominant language of the larger (national) society.” Heritage languages have only recently become a major topic of interest among linguists, explored for their implications for linguistic theory, especially in terms of acquisition, attrition and change. This workshop aims to promote discussion of heritage languages across different languages, subfields and theoretical persuasions.
We invite abstracts on any aspect of the linguistics of heritage languages in the Americas, on structural, historical or sociolinguistic aspects in any framework. Work on acquisition and attrition is particularly welcome.
Subfields: language change, language contact, language acquisition, sociolinguistics.