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dc.contributor.authorDeVoretz, Don J.en_US
dc.contributor.authorWerner, Christianeen_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-01-28T16:18:06Z-
dc.date.available2009-01-28T16:18:06Z-
dc.date.issued2000en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/20951-
dc.description.abstractThe preponderance of minimal second language acquisition by immigrants worldwide is striking. This paper proposes a theoretical model, which analyzes the underlying forces that contribute to this outcome of minimal secondary language acquisition by immigrants in such diverse immigrant-receiving countries as Canada, Germany, Israel and the United States. It is argued that the weak incentive structures for second language acquisition for an immigrant appear in four analytically separate spheres including the labour market, political, social, and education spheres. Furthermore, two integration regimes are imposed in these spheres – no government interference, or government-mandated minimum language acquisition after arrival. In all cases and in all spheres, it is argued that, for the majority of immigrants, the weakest level of second language acquisition – minimum oral and minimum written – is the optimal outcome given their incentive structure. In addition, the labour market is the primary determinant of this outcome. Finally, several policy measures to increase the incentives for further second language acquisition are explored.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesIZA Discussion paper series 110en_US
dc.subject.jelJ61en_US
dc.subject.jelJ24en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordImmigrationen_US
dc.subject.keywordethnic Germansen_US
dc.subject.keywordCanadaen_US
dc.subject.keywordlanguage acquisitionen_US
dc.subject.keywordlabour marketen_US
dc.subject.keywordintegrationen_US
dc.subject.keywordassimilationen_US
dc.subject.stwMigrantenen_US
dc.subject.stwMehrsprachigkeiten_US
dc.subject.stwSoziale Integrationen_US
dc.subject.stwOpportunitätskostenen_US
dc.subject.stwArbeitsmarkten_US
dc.subject.stwTheorieen_US
dc.subject.stwDeutschlanden_US
dc.subject.stwKanadaen_US
dc.titleA Theory of Social Forces and Immigrant Second Language Acquisitionen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn313544506en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
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