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Bilingual language use in the family environment

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Abstract

There are various studies investigating the speech community of people of German descent from Russia (<i>Russlanddeutsche</i>) and their language use. In my data, I find various language contact phenomena, most remarkably code-switching. I examine how the Russlanddeutsche alter their speech according to its possible functions in discourse. Thus, my qualitative study focuses on the morpho-syntactic and interactional linguistic analyses of spoken data in natural contexts and situations. In order to thoroughly answer the complex question &#8216;How do speakers use the languages available to them?&#8217; I have taken the following socio-cultural factors into account: the sociolinguistic aspects of the interlocutors taken from their biographies, especially information about the preferred language of the speakers etc.

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