LINGUIST List 5.307

Fri 18 Mar 1994

Sum: Immigrant worker language

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  1. Gwyn Williams, Immigrant worker language: Summary

Message 1: Immigrant worker language: Summary

Date: Fri, 18 Mar 1994 13:53:19 Immigrant worker language: Summary
From: Gwyn Williams <>
Subject: Immigrant worker language: Summary

On Mon, 7 Mar 1994 I posted a request for literature on immigrant worker
language (Linguist List Subject: 5.269).

 Replies were immediate and extensive. Many thanks to the following for
their replies:

Sergey Avrutin <>
Helmut Feldweg <>
Jane A. Edwards <edwardscogsci.Berkeley.EDU>


Gwyn Williams
Department of Linguistics
Thammasat University
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The main work on immigrant worker language appears to be:

EALA Project: the 5-nation European study of immigrant workers
acquiring the language in the host country without formal teaching.
Within each country, 2 groups of learners were studied.
The countries (and learner groups): England (Punjabi, Italian),
France (Moroccan, Spanish), Germany (Turkish, Italian),
Holland (Turkish, Moroccan) and Sweden (Finnish, Spanish).
The project was headquartered at the Max Planck Institute in Nijmegen,
Holland, under direction of Wolfgang Klein (who can be contact through his
secretary at this address: and Clive Perdue. Their data
are available in electronic form for collaborative use (write to Klein at
the MPI). The results from the project:

> Adult language acquisition : cross-linguistic perspectives / edited by Clive
> Perdue ; written by members of the European Science Foundation project on
> adult language acquisition. Cambridge [England] ; New York, NY : Cambridge
> University Press, 1993, vols. 1 and 2.

The background literature and methods for this project, but also for a couple
of other European immigrant worker projects, are described in:

> Second language acquisition by adult immigrants : a field manual / edited by
> Clive Perdue ; authors: Jens Allwood ... [et al.]. Strasbourg, France :
> European Science Foundation, c1982.
> Second language acquisition by adult immigrants : a field manual / Clive
> Perdue, editor. Rowley, Mass. : Newbury House Publishers, 1984.
> Series title: Cross-linguistic series on second language research.


Appel, Rene. Immigrant children learning Dutch ; sociolinguistic and
psycholinguistic aspects of second-language acquisition / Rene Appel.
Dordrecht, Holland ; Cinnaminson, U.S.A. : Foris Publications, 1984.

Ashworth, Mary. Blessed with bilingual brains : education of immigrant
children with English as a second language / Mary Ashworth. [Vancouver] :
Pacific Educational Press, 1988.

Davidian, Richard Dale. The maintenance of the Armenian language and
culture in the United States among immigrant Armenian high school students /
by Richard Dale Davidian. Thesis (Ph.D.)--Northwestern University, 1986.

Dietrich, Rainer & Carl F. Graumann (eds.) Language processing in social
context. North-Holland linguistic series 54. Amsterdam: North-Holland
Springer-Verlag, 1979

Johansson, Faith Ann. Immigrant Swedish phonology; a study in multiple
contact analysis. [Lund] Gleerup, 1973.

Klein, Wolfgang. Developing grammars, the acquisition of German syntax by
foreign workers, Wolfgang Klein, Norbert Dittmar: Berlin, New York,

Klein, Wolfgang. Second language acquisition / Wolfgang Klein. Cambridge :
Cambridge University Press, 1986.

Klein, Wolfgang. Utterance structure : developing grammars again /
Wolfgang Klein and Clive Perdue; in cooperation with Mary Carroll ...
[et al.]. Amsterdam; Philadelphia : J. Benjamins Pub. Co., 1992.

Klein, Wolfgang & Clive Perdue , Utterance Structure, Amsterdam:
Benjamins., 1992.

Nagata, Judith A., English language classes for immigrant women with
pre-school children / by Judith A. Nagata, Joan Rayfield, Mary Ferraris.
Toronto : Ethnic Research Programme, York University, 1970.

Perdue, Clive (ed.): Adult language acquisition: cross-linguistic
perspectives. Volume 1: field methods and volume 2: the results.
Cambridge University Press 1992.
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