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First language attrition

Schmid, Monika S (2013) 'First language attrition.' Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science, 4 (2). pp. 117-123. ISSN 1939-5078


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Speakers who live in an L2 environment for an extended period of time often experience change in the way in which they use their L1, a process referred to as L1 attrition. This article provides an overview of language attrition phenomena at various linguistic levels. However, attrition cannot be trivially or linearly related to factors such as the frequency of use of the L1. It is argued here that attrition phenomena are not the outcome of a change to the underlying linguistic system nor of access problems due to an increase in activation thresholds, but of cross-linguistic influence in online speech production. © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Language and Linguistics, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2014 10:26
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 00:48

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