First language attrition

Monika S. Schmid*

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This statement opens the first collection of papers that specifically consider the deterioration of linguistic knowledge among bilinguals (Lambert & Freed 1982: see timeline), a field which in one of the papers in the volume is referred to as being in an 'antenatal' state (Berko-Gleason 1982: 22). Thirty years down the line it is still a fact that far less is known about the loss or attrition of language skills than about their acquisition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)186-212
Number of pages27
JournalLanguage Teaching
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2016

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