31. Turkish as an Immigrant Language in Europe

  1. Tej K. Bhatia and
  2. William C. Ritchie
  1. Ad Backus

Published Online: 3 OCT 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118332382.ch31

The Handbook of Bilingualism and Multilingualism, Second Edition

The Handbook of Bilingualism and Multilingualism, Second Edition

How to Cite

Backus, A. (2012) Turkish as an Immigrant Language in Europe, in The Handbook of Bilingualism and Multilingualism, Second Edition (eds T. K. Bhatia and W. C. Ritchie), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118332382.ch31

Editor Information

  1. Syracuse University, USA

Author Information

  1. Tilburg University, Netherlands

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 OCT 2012
  2. Published Print: 7 NOV 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444334906

Online ISBN: 9781118332382

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Keywords:

  • code-switching;
  • contact-induced change;
  • immigrant languages;
  • language change;
  • language choice;
  • language maintenance;
  • second-language acquisition;
  • Turkish language;
  • Western Europe

Summary

This chapter describes the general life course of the Turkish language as an immigrant variety in Western Europe in its first 50 years. It provides a comprehensive overview of the linguistic work that has been done to date on this immigrant community, focusing on issues such as language maintenance, language choice, code-switching, and contact-induced change. While most studies of Turkish migrants focus on their second-language acquisition and other signs of their integration into the host society, the chapter focuses on research that has been done on their Turkish. It also provides historical and sociodemographic information on the Turkish immigrant communities. Turkish in Western Europe is a relatively well-researched language, having received a similar degree of attention as South Asian languages in Britain and Spanish in the United States. Comparison of these situations would no doubt yield further insight into the effects of various aspects of immigration on the immigrating language.