Bibliography of Heritage Language Resources

This brief bibliography lists books and web resources on aspects of heritage language knowledge, education, and the sociocultural contexts in which heritage language are spoken. While several works focus on a single language or family of languages, all works listed have general application.

 Andrews, D. (1998). Sociocultural perspectives on language change in diaspora: Soviet immigrants in the United States (Impact: Studies in Language and Society, 5). Philidelphia, PA: John Benjamins Publishing Company.

American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. (2000). Spanish for native speakers, volume 1. AATSP professional development series handbook for teachers K-16. New York, NY: Harcourt College Publishers.

Beaudrie, S. M. & Fairclough, M. (Eds.) Spanish as a heritage language in the United States: The state of the field. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press.

Blyth, C. (2002). (Ed.). Sociolinguistics of foreign-language classrooms. Boston, MA: Heinle.

Braunmuller, K., & House, J. (Eds.). (2009). Convergence and divergence in language contact situations. Philadelphia, PA: John Benjamins Publishing Company.

Brinton, D., Kagan, O. & Bauckus, S. (2008). (Eds.)  Heritage language education: A new field emerging. New York, NY: Routledge.

Edwards, J. (2010). Minority languages and group identity: Cases and categories. Philadelphia, PA: John Benjamins Publishing Company.

Garcia, O., Zakharia, Z., & Otcu, B. (Eds.). (2013). Bilingual community education and multilingualism: Beyond heritage languages in a global city. Salisbury, UK: Short Run Press.

Kagan, O., & Rifkin, B. (with Bauckus, S.). (Eds.). (2000). The learning and teaching of Slavic languages and cultures. Bloomington, IN: Slavica Publishers.

Kasinitz, P., Waters, M., Mollenkopf, J. H., & Holdaway, J. (2008). Inheriting the city: The children of immigrants come of age. New York, NY: Russell Sage Foundation.

King, K., & Mackey, A. (2007). The bilingual edge: Why, when, and how to teach your child a second language. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers.

King, K. A., Schilling-Estes, N., Fogle, L., Lou, J. J., & Soukup, B. (Eds.). (2008). Sustaining linguistic diversity: Endangered and minority languages and language varieties. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press.

Kondo-Brown, K. (Ed.). (2006). Heritage language development: Focus on East Asian immigrants. Philadelphia, PA: John Benjamins Publishing Company.

Kondo-Brown, K., & Brown, J. D. (Eds.). (2008). Teaching Chinese, Japanese, and Korean heritage language students: Curriculum needs, materials, and assessment. New York, NY: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Krashen, S. D., Tse, L., & McQuillan, J. (Eds.). (1998). Heritage language development. Culver City, CA: Language Education Associates.

Montrul, S. A. (2004). The acquisition of Spanish: Morphosyntactic development in monolingual and bilingual L1 acquisition and adult L2 acquisition. Philadelphia, PA: John Benjamins Publishing Company.

Niño-Murcia, M., & Rothman, J. (Eds.). (2008). Bilingualism and identity: Spanish at the crossroads with other languages. Philadelphia, PA: John Benjamins Publishing Company.

Otheguy, R., & Zentella, A. C. (2012). Spanish in New York: Language contact, dialectal leveling, and structural continuity. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Peyton, J., Ranard, D. A., & McGinnis, S. (Eds.). (2001). Heritage languages in America: Preserving a national resource. McHenry, IL: Delta Systems Co.

Potowski, K. (Ed.). (2010). Language diversity in the USA. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Potowski, K., & Cameron, R. (Eds.). (2007). Spanish in contact: Policy, social and linguistic inquiries. Philadelphia, PA: John Benjamins Publishing Company.

Reyes, A., & Lo, A. (Eds.). (2009). Beyond yellow English: Toward a linguistic anthropology of Asian Pacific America. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Roca, A. (Ed.). (2000). Research on Spanish in the United States: Linguistic issues and challenges. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.

Roca, A., & Colombi, M. C. (Eds.). (2003). Mi lengua: Spanish as a heritage language in the United States. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press.

Shin, S. J. (2005). Developing in two languages: Korean children in America. Clevedon, UK: Multilingual Matters.

Siemund, P., & Kintana, N. (Eds.). (2008). Language contact and contact languages. Philadelphia, PA: John Benjamins Publishing Company.

Webb, J., & Miller, B. (Eds.). (2000). Teaching heritage learners: Voices from the classroom. New York, NY: American Councils on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

Wiley, T. G. (2005). Literacy and language diversity in the United States (2nd ed.). Washington, DC: Center for Applied Linguistics.

Wiley, T. G., Kreeft Peyton, J., Christian, D., Moore, S. C. K., & Liu, N. (Eds.). (2014). Handbook of heritage, community, and Native American languages in the United States: Research, policy, and educational practice. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Zhang, D. (2008). Between two generations: Language maintenance and acculturation among Chinese immigrant families. El Paso, TX: LFB Scholarly Publishing.

Web Resources

  1. Roca, A., Marcos, K., and Winke, P. Teaching Spanish to Spanish Speakers: A Center for Applied Linguistics resource.
  2. Center for Applied Linguistics. (n. d.). Heritage languages in America: Heritage briefs & heritage language schools in the United States. Available at
  3. U.S. Census Bureau. Allows for searches of speakers of other languages by geographical region.
  4. The Modern Language Association Language Map: A Map of Languages in the United States. Languages spoken in the U.S, based on U.S. Census data; it may be easier to use than the Census Web site.