Heritage language acquisition is a type of early bilingual acquisition that takes place in a specific sociolinguistic environment. The heritage language is a societal minority language, acquired as a first language, either by itself or simultaneously with the majority language. Very often the heritage language is not supported at school, and it is common for heritage speakers to eventually achieve greater fluency and proficiency in the majority language than in the heritage language. As a result the heritage language shows many of the linguistic characteristics of a second language. The acquisition of heritage languages has been approached from different perspectives within linguistics, bilingualism and language acquisition. This chapter considers the applicability of Processability Theory, primarily conceived to explain second language acquisition and processing, to the acquisition of heritage languages.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Teachability and Learnability across Languages|
|Editors||Ragnar Arntzen, Gisela Håkansson, Arnstein Hjelde, Jörg-U Keßler|
|Publisher||John Benjamins Publishing Company|
|State||Published - Jun 15 2019|
|Name||Processability Approaches to Language Acquisition Research & Teaching|