Structural Aspects of Bilingual Speech: A Case Study of Language Use in the Russian Immigrant Community in Israel by Elena GasserStructural Aspects of Bilingual Speech: A Case Study of Language Use in the Russian Immigrant Community in Israel by Elena Gasser

Structural Aspects of Bilingual Speech: A Case Study of Language Use in the Russian Immigrant…

byElena Gasser

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The goal of the present study was to identify, describe and account for bilingual (Russian-Hebrew) varieties spoken in the Russian immigrant community in Israel. In order to achieve this complex goal, an interdisciplinary approach was chosen based on a combination of linguistic, psychological and sociological disciplines. The analysis of bilingual data has shown that there were three main types of bilingual varieties in use. The varieties were distinguished on the basis of the dominant patterns of language mixing (showing the evidence of a general shift from insertional to alternational CS) as well as of the directionality of CS. The three main speech styles were partly related to their speakers’ generational memberships. However, the differences in speech styles were not so much the function of generational affiliations, as of the actual linguistic behavior in the immigrants’ social lives. The variations within generational cohorts were better accounted for in terms of these speakers’ identities, attitudes and habitual language choices.

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Elena Gasser studied General Lingustics, French Philology and Modern German Literature at the Free University of Berlin. She worked in diverse research projects at the FU Berlin. Currently she is employed as a lecturer at the Pedagogical Academy in Berlin and dedicates herself to the examination of language shift in Assyrian communitie...

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Title:Structural Aspects of Bilingual Speech: A Case Study of Language Use in the Russian Immigrant…Format:PaperbackDimensions:8.27 × 5.83 × 0.68 inPublished:January 21, 2015Publisher:Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

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Contents: Russian-Hebrew bilingual speech – Russian immigrant community in Israel – Social network concept – Structural aspects of the immigrants’ speech under consideration of their personal social networks – Language maintenance or shift in the Russian immigrant community – Matrix language turnover – Structural analysis of bilingual data – Diachronic perspective.