Cross-linguistic transfer of academic language in multilingual adolescents.

Duarte, J., 2015, Transfer effects in multilingual language development. Peukert, H. (ed.). Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishers, p. 221-248 28 p. (Transfer effects in multilingual language development).

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Competence in the academic register of the language of instruction is a fairly solid indicator for the educational success of migrant pupils. The present article addresses the role of family languages for academic language performance in German, aiming at pinpointing linguistic features of this register in the phase of later language development and at identifying possible predictors for academic language performance of multilingual speakers. Based on written samples from 94 Turkish/German and Russian/German bilingual adulsecents, OLS regressen analyses were conducted to find adequate predictors for variation in academic language performance. The results suggest the relevance of productive written skills in the family language in predicitng German academic language performance of multilingual adolsecents. In cotnrast, measures of socio-economic status and working memory skills seem to predict less strongly.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransfer effects in multilingual language development
EditorsHagen Peukert
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishers
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9789027268693
ISBN (Print)9789027214171
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameTransfer effects in multilingual language development


  • OLS regression analysis, adacemic language, cross-linguistic transfer, multilingualism

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