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 and English foreign language 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 first, second or foreign languages.

Semester: SoSe 2021