By Sandra G. Kouritzin

This booklet contributes to the knowledge of first-language loss in either immigrant and indigenous groups in (at least) 3 ways. First, it presents perception into the method of language loss and the criteria contributing to it. moment, it makes an attempt to outline, from an insider point of view, what it ability to "lose" a language. 3rd, it analyzes the perceived outcomes of first language loss by way of social, educational, emotional, and financial factors--an technique formerly missing in study on language loss. so much reports of first language loss are impersonal, even if they inform emotional tales. This polyphonic ebook approximately language loss and imperfect studying of history languages tells the interior tale. effortless to learn and but educational, it provides voice to 5 diversified storytellers who relate the histories in their first language loss and analyzes topics from 21 life-history case stories of adults who had misplaced their first languages whereas studying English. The tales during this publication make a compelling argument that background languages will be preserved, that ESL will be approximately constructing bilinguals no longer English monolinguals. vital examining for researchers, practitioners, and graduate scholars in ESL and bilingual schooling, multicultural schooling, cultural reports, and sociology, this ebook also will curiosity qualitative researchers to illustrate of a distinct type of either doing and writing learn.

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Introduction 153 Inhabitants 153 Nadia 154 William 155 Dhiet 156 Greta 157 Alexandra 158 Kuong 159 Kurt, Cameron, and Julian 160 Alex 160 Naomi 161 Hana Kim 162 Minette 163 Nellie 164 Michael 165 Charles 165 13. Family Relationships 169 14. Self-Image and Cultural Identity 177 15. School Relationships 187 Page vii 16. School Performance 195 17. The Meaning of Loss 201 Discordance 207 18. Conclusion 209 Not a Finale: A Decrescendo 209 Summary 209 Implications 211 Reflections 212 Appendix A: Life History Selection Criteria 215 Appendix B: Subject Biographical Information 216 References 217 Author Index 225 Subject Index 227 Page ix PREFACE The main motivation for this multiple case study is the desire to understand minority first language loss from a descriptive, narrative, retrospective, and personal point of view, a point of view heretofore overlooked in language loss research.

It offers a contextualized, personal, narrative understanding of first language loss during second language acquisition. 3. It describes what it means to lose a language, especially in terms of participation in the social, educational, and economic systems of the community. 4. It offers insight into individuals' perceptions of their communicative adaptation in deficit situations. 5. It opens a window on the lived experiences of people who have lost a first language, as well as on the familial, social, and educational consequences of first language loss.

It is not the events themselves that are of greatest importance, but the subjects' understandings of the events, and their later impact on, or resolution in, the subjects' lives. , Larsen-Freeman & Long, 1991; Nunan, 1992), or indeed, than are generally found in education (with some notable exceptions including, but not limited to, Clandinin & Connelly, 1994; Goodson, 1992, Middleton, 1993), I have been influenced by the life history approaches of Bertaux (1981a, 1981b), Bertaux and Kohli (1984), Bertaux and Bertaux-Wiame (1981), Denzin (1986, 1989), Kohli (1981), and Kirby and McKenna (1989), in which the life story serves as testimony allowing the "internal logic" of language loss "to emerge through the practices and representations of its actors" (Elegoët, 1978, cited in Morin, 1982, p.

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