RUEG P3 is a subproject of the DFG-funded research group "Emerging Grammars in Language Contact Situations: a comparative approach" and investigates Russian as a language of origin in Germany. Languages of origin, also known as heritage languages, are the languages spoken by migrants in their everyday family lives. They stand in contrast to so-called majority languages, i.e. languages spoken by the majority of the population in the host countries. Languages of origin often undergo complex changes and thus differ greatly from the respective standard languages. This makes them particularly interesting for linguists.
The subproject RUEG P3 "Nominal morphosyntax and word order in heritage Russian across majority languages” examines the question of whether and, if so, how Russian as a language of origin develops new grammatical patterns in the area of nominal morphological categories and word order in Germany and the USA.
In addition, the project aims to theoretically model emerging grammatical varieties in general as well as in relation to the investigated linguistic domains. This is done from the perspective of the three joint ventures within the RUEG:
For this purpose, linguistic phenomena from two domains are investigated:
The left periphery of the sentence is often associated with the interaction between information structure / discourse and syntax (external interface), while verb positioning (especially in relation to the direct object: head complement vs. complement head) is regarded as part of the core syntax.
We will compare data from heritage speakers with those of monolingual Russian speakers in Russia, taking into account informal vs. formal and spoken vs. written registers as well as age, following the uniform elicitation procedure within RUEG.
Our results will be compared with those from other RUEG subprojects investigating word order phenomena in other languages of origin (Turkish, Greek, heritage-German) and in majority languages (German, English), as well as with the findings on morphosyntax in Greek as a heritage language.
The project will contribute to the understanding of language change in bi- (or multi-) lingual communities, taking into account multiple factors (situational / register-related, in relation to different contact-linguistic settings, social, input-related etc.) by pursuing an emphatically comparative approach, on the one hand, and to theoretical explanations of emerging grammatical patterns, on the other.
Tanja Anstatt, University of Bochum
Nina Kazanina, University of Bristol
Maria Voeikova, Institute of Linguistic Research St. Petersburg
Ianthi Tsimpli, Cambridge University
Ludovica Serratrice, University of Reading
Marit Westergaard, UiT The Arctic University