An anthology was released by the British publisher Multilingual Matters, with studies of second language learning in a specific population - cultural migrants. Editors of "Cultural Migrants and Optimal Language Acquisition" are Fanny Forsberg Lundell and Inge Bartning, both researchers at the Department of Romance Studies and Classics, Stockholm University. Besides having written preamble and closing chapters, they also have their own study in the book.

“Our starting point as linguists is that we are interested in how well you can actually learn a second language if you starts to learn it as an adult. To investigate the human being’s full potential for language learning, we wanted to investigate individuals who are likely to have very good conditions to learn a new language, those who are in the optimal socio-psychological situation. Therefore, we chose to focus on the group "cultural migrants" - people who turned to another culture and learned the language out of lust. The book is thus at a general level about the link between learning and culture”, says Fanny Forsberg Lundell.

The book contains seven new studies and she wants to highlight three of them as particularly interesting.

Edmonds & Guesle-Coquelet investigates English-speaking migrants in France. It shows that the informants who consider them to be highly integrated in France say they have no problem with the tricky tu/vous difference in French - which is a highly cultural phenomenon - while those who say they are low integrated report that they have problems with the distinction and some even show aversion to it. In this study, we see a clear link between the degree of integration and the acquisition of specific cultural phenomena in language.

The Diskin & Regan study examines the various migrant communities in Ireland: economic migrants, chain migrants, academic migrants and cultural migrants. It turns out that the cultural migrants are the ones who made most use of discourse markers which creates coherence, fluency, and not least similarities with natives when speaking.

The Hammer & Dewaele study examines the Polish migrants in the UK. The study, which is quantitative, shows a strong association between acculturation - i.e. cultural integration, and self-perceived perception of competence in English as a second language.

The researchers behind the anthology is now working to create an international network for research on language learning and in different migration contexts.

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