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Young Russian-German adults 20 years after their repatriation to Germany

  • This study investigates the interrelations between bilingual development (German/Russian), immigration and integration in the host society. Participants are Russian-Germans, that is, ethnic Germans who have repatriated to Germany from the former Soviet Union. They were part of a longitudinal study dedicated to the integration of multi-generation Russian-German families in Germany. The paper focuses on eight Russian-Germans who moved to Germany between the ages of five and eight and are now young adults. The analysis is based on interviews conducted in the twentieth year of their life in Germany in German and Russian, A semi-structured questionnaire was used to elicit information on the main stages of integration, the use of the languages, the attitudes towards German and Russian, and an assessment of the current situation. The obtained data were used to make an initial assessment of the oral language competencies of the participants and as sources of information about the objective facts and subjective attitudes that determined linguistic and social integration.

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Author:Katharina Meng, Ekaterina Protassova
Parent Title (English):Integration, identity and language maintenance in young immigrants. Russian Germans or German Russians
Series (Serial Number):IMPACT: Studies in language and society (44)
Publisher:John Benjamins Publishing Company
Place of publication:Amsterdam [u.a.]
Editor:Ludmila Isurin, Claudia Maria Riehl
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of first Publication:2017
Date of Publication (online):2017/06/28
Tag:Russian-Germans; bilingualism; heritage language; linguistic integration; longitudinal study; oral and written skills; repatriation; social integration
GND Keyword:Längsschnittuntersuchung; Muttersprache; Russlanddeutsche; Soziale Integration; Sprachkompetenz; Zweisprachigkeit
First Page:159
Last Page:196
Dieser Beitrag ist aus urheberrechtlichen Gründen nicht frei zugänglich.  / Due to copyright reasons the full-text of the article is not freely accessible.
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 430 Deutsch
Open Access?:nein
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt