Das Projekt "Deutsch als Zweitsprache in Dialektumgebung"
This paper presents the ongoing project "German as a Second Language in
a Dialect-Speaking Environment" which is concerned with the acquisition
of German as a second language by immigrant children in the German-Speaking
part of Switzerland. As this is one of the areas where a distinct dialect
coexists with the standard variety, the language acquisition poses a challenge
for immigrant children: The daily input does not correspond at all, or
only in part, to what the immigrant children should learn (e.g. for achievement
in school and career opportunities), namely standard German. The aims
of the project are to evaluate existing language measuring methods for
preschool children and to develop a test that is adapted to the bilingualism
of the immigrant children and the specific diglossic learning situation.
Furthermore, an empirical pilot study deals with the language abilities
of primary school children and examines how and to what extend the local
dialect influences the use of standard German in spoken and written texts.