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First language attrition: The methodology revised

Schmid, MS (2004) 'First language attrition: The methodology revised.' International Journal of Bilingualism, 8 (3). 239 - 255. ISSN 1367-0069

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This article presents a criticism of the methodology most frequently used by language attrition studies. In particular, the preoccupation of such research with “errors” in the data from attriters is questioned. It is proposed that approaches which focus on overt deviance cannot come to a full understanding of the attritional process, and that a full investigation of lexical, morphological and syntactic complexity and richness of the data produced by attriters is necessary in order to achieve a truly balanced view. The limitations to the insights gained on the basis of an error-based approach to language attrition, and the potential of an analysis that takes into account all aspects of proficiency, are illustrated on the basis of an investigation of autobiographical narratives from German Jews. © 2004, SAGE Publications. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Language and Linguistics, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 15 May 2015 13:20
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2018 12:15

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