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Language acquisition as a window to social integration among Russian language minority children in Germany and Israel

Resource Type
  • Armon-Lotem, Sharon (Bar-Ilan University, Israel)
  • Gagarina, Natalia (Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS), Berlin)
  • Klassert, Annegret (Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS), Berlin)
  • Remennick, Larissa (Bar-Ilan University, Israel)
  • Topaj, Nathalie (Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS), Berlin)
  • Walters, Joel (Bar-Ilan University, Israel)
Publication Date
  • Principal investigator (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Society, Culture
    • Group
    • Education, School Systems
  • Abstract

    Language acquisition and ethnic identity development. Language proficiency and language use. Themes: Children(first wave): Performance in Russian language, and L2 (Geman / Hebrew) language tests; preposition imitation; inflection imitation; complex imitation; sentence completion; nonword repetition; case task; noun task; verb task; SSV (German standardized language test); Goralnik (Hebrew standardized language test). Interpersonal communication networks (3C); language preferences (4C); attitudes toward people and languages (5C); child ethnolinguistic identity (6C); degree of use of Russian and German / Hebrew (L2) (7C); child proficiency self-rating, Part A - overall rating of proficiency (8C); child proficiency self-rating, Part B - proficiency of oral communication (8C). Parents (first wave): Language history; different educational frameworks of the child; contact with the country of origin; interpersonal communication networks (3P); language preferences (4P); attitudes toward use of Russian by child (5P); ethnolinguistic identity (6P); assessment of child´s ethnolinguistic identity; evaluation of child´s proficiency (8P); overall rating of proficiency, rating of Russian, rating of L2; oral communication proficiency in Russian/Hebrew. Demography: Child´s date of birth; age (months); child was born in Germany/Israel; child´s country of origin; child´s birth order in the family; number of children in the family; sibling 1; sibling 1 (age, in years); sibling 2; sibling 2 (age, in years); sibling 3; sibling 3 (age, in years); mother´s name; father´s name; interviewed parent´s age (in years); mother´s length of residence in Germany / Israel (in years); father´s length of residence in Germany / Israel (in years); mother´s place of residence before immigration; father´s place of residence before immigration; mother´s profession; mother work status; mother´s current occupation; father´s profession; father work status; father´s current occupation; language/s mother uses at work; language/s father uses at work; religiosity; family status. Children (second wave): Self-labeling of identity; degree of use of Russian and German/Hebrew (L2); importance of speaking Russian or L2; child proficiency self-rating; personal perception - birthday party; personal perception - desert island; attitudes to people and languages.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2007-11 / 2008-07
    Israel: First wave
  • 2008-01 / 2008-11
    Germany: First wave
  • 2008-09 / 2008-12
    Israel: Second wave
  • 2009-03 / 2009-07
    Germany: Second wave
Geographic Coverage
  • Berlin (DE-BE)
  • Tel-Aviv (IL-TA)
Sampled Universe
Preschool and 1st grade elementary school children of Russian-Hebrew and Russian-German immigrants in Israel and Germany (age range 4 to 7 years) and parents of children
Purposive sample (based on socio-linguistic criteria)
Collection Mode
  • Face-to-face interview
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 169
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA5089 (Type: ZA-No.)

Update Metadata: 2019-02-12 | Issue Number: 7 | Registration Date: 2013-10-08

Armon-Lotem, Sharon; Gagarina, Natalia; Klassert, Annegret; Remennick, Larissa; Topaj, Nathalie et. al. (2013): Spracherwerb als Chance für die soziale Integration russischsprachiger Kinder in Deutschland und Israel. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.