This course will be devoted to working with corpora collected by Pfaff in a series of research projects carried out in Berlin from 1978 – 2013. The studies focus on the German second language and also the development of the mother tongues / heritage languages of children and adolescents. Data come from four cross-sectional studies of participants growing up with varying degrees of contact with native German peers in their neighborhoods and classrooms and a longitudinal study in a Turkish/German bilingual day care center / preschool which followed the children into the early primary school years. After a brief overview of the studies, their methodologies and selected findings, we will focus on hands-on work with transcripts of audio files, for the older participants, written texts in German and their other first or foreign languages.
Pfaff , C. W. 2014 “Multilingualism and mobility: Reflections on sociolinguistic studies of Turkish/German children and adolescents in Berlin 1978-2013”. In Horner, Kristine, Ingrid de Saint-Georges & Jean Jacques Weber (eds.) Multilingualism "and Mobility in Europe: Policies and Practices. Frankfurt/Main: Peter Lang. 17-42.
Pfaff, C. W. 2015 "(How) will Turkish survive in Northwestern Europe? 50 years of migration, 35 years of research on sociopolitical and linguistic developments in diaspora Turkish" In Zeyrek, Deniz, Sağın Şimşek, Çiğdem, Ataş,Ufuk and Rehbein, Jochen (eds.) Ankara Papers in Turkish and Turkic Linguistics (Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Turkish Linguistics). Series Turcologica. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 453-492.