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First Language Attrition - Herbert W. Seliger

First Language Attrition

By: Herbert W. Seliger (Editor), Robert M. Vago (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 27th June 1991
ISBN: 9780521344265
Number Of Pages: 280

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This book examines linguistic aspects of the attrition or loss of first language abilities in bilinguals through a collection of studies in various language groups. The phenomena of attrition are examined at both the individual bilingual and societal levels. This volume is divided onto three sections: Part I surveys different aspects of existing empirical evidence to arrive at theoretical generalizations about language attrition. Part II is comprised of group studies examining attrition in societal bilingualism or in groups of bilingual individuals. Part III contains individual case studies of bilingual children and adults. The research reported investigates first language attrition in a variety of linguistic areas such as syntax, morphology, semantics, phonology and lexicon with the following first languages: Spanish, German, Hebrew, Dyirbal, English, Breton, Dutch, Hungarian, Russian, French and Pennsylvania German. Although there is growing interest in bilingualism, this is the first work to examine the effects of the acquisition of a second language on linguistic abilities in the first language.

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"Quite generally, the methodological richness of the studies collected in this volume should be of value to all students of attrition who come after...The scope of the volume Seliger & Vago have put together, and the quality of many of the individual studies, make theirs a welcome addition to the literature." Language

List of figuresp. xi
List of tablesp. xiii
List of contributorsp. xv
Acknowledgmentp. xvii
Survey studies
The study of first language attrition: an overviewp. 3
First language attrition and the parameter setting modelp. 17
Recapitulation, regression, and language lossp. 31
First language loss in bilingual and polyglot aphasicsp. 53
A crosslinguistic study of language contact and language attritionp. 67
Group studies
L1 loss in an L2 environment: Dutch immigrants in Francep. 87
The sociolinguistic and patholinguistic attrition of Breton phonology, morphology, and morphonologyp. 99
Language attrition in Boumaa Fijian and Dyirbalp. 113
Pennsylvania German: convergence and change as strategies of discoursep. 125
Lexical retrieval difficulties in adult language attritionp. 139
Spanish language attrition in a contact situation with Englishp. 151
Case studies
Morphological disintegration and reconstruction in first language attritionp. 175
Assessing first language vulnerability to attritionp. 189
Compensatory strategies of child first language attritionp. 207
Language attrition, reduced redundancy, and creativityp. 227
Paradigmatic regularity in first language attritionp. 241
Indexp. 253
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ISBN: 9780521344265
ISBN-10: 0521344263
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 27th June 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.62 x 15.6  x 2.34
Weight (kg): 0.54

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