ERIC Number: ED297569
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
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Paradigmatic Errors in First Language Attrition.
Vago, Robert M.
CUNY Forum, v12 p204-214 1986
An ongoing research project into the dissolution or attrition of native language structure under the influence of bilingualism analyzed certain paradigmatic changes in the first language of a Hungarian-Hebrew bilingual speaker. Data were collected over a 2-year period from an Israeli woman who was born in Hungary and immigrated to Israel at 6 years of age. Her primary language was Hebrew, although she used Hungarian on a daily basis (principally with her parents). A paradigm elicitation method was used; the subject was asked to produce regular and irregular nominal paradigms in the rich inflectional system of Hungarian. Examination of the data revealed interesting structural deviations in the subject's first language which may be termed errors. These errors were changes in the rule component of the language, specifically, rule simplification, rule loss, and rule reordering. Illustrative examples of these errors are presented. Paradigmatic coherence appears to play a significant role in the attrition of first language systems. (CB)
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Code Switching (Language), Discourse Analysis, Error Analysis (Language), Hebrew, Hungarian, Language Maintenance, Language Patterns, Language Skill Attrition, Language Usage, Morphophonemics, Oral Language, Retention (Psychology), Second Language Learning, Uncommonly Taught Languages
CUNY Forum, PhD Program in Linguistics, CUNY Graduate Center, 33 W. 42nd St., New York, NY 10036.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America/American Association for Applied Linguistics (New York, NY, December 27-30, 1986).