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date: 28 February 2020

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Chinese as a heritage language (CHL) is used by speakers who have a cultural and ethnic connection to it in the context of immigration and migration worldwide. Typically CHL speakers command low literacy skills, use simple and sometimes aberrant syntax, and mix and mingle English and Chinese within lower-level constituents. They may exhibit complex stress and intonational patterns, syllable structures, tones, and pitch contours. Lexicon, morphological awareness, and complex syntax are highly vulnerable to attrition. Sociocultural factors such as motivation, attitude, identity, and social network play an important part in CHL development. Research on CHL calls for a wide range of analytical perspectives including case study research, cognitive sciences, corpus linguistics, conversation and discourse analysis, as well as linguistic anthropology.

Keywords: attrition, Chinese, heritage language, immigration, motivation

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