Within the framework of the project Language Acquisition as a Window to Social Integration among Russian Language Minority Children in Germany and Israel the (up to now) biggest sample of linguistic and social data on the population of 4-6 years old Russian-speaking migrant children in Germany was collected. Based on these data, various sociolinguistic issues regarding the interaction between integration and language acquisition are investigated on the one hand, while on the other hand, (psycho)linguistic questions regarding language acquisition of those children in discourse, grammatical and lexical domains in both their source language and the language of their environment are examined.
A new interactive Webportal dealing with Migration in Germany and Israel is now available for the general public at www.migration.uni-jena.de (launched in March 2010). There you can also find some results of the BILINGUALISM-project terminated in January.
German-Israeli Foundation (GIF)
Dr. habil. Natalia Gagarina