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ERIC Number: ED467167
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 16
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Quels changements linguistiques dans l'attrition de la L1 chez le bilingue tardif (What Linguistic Changes in the Attrition of the L1 in Late Bilinguals)?
Kopke, Barbara
Travaux Neuchatelois de Linguistique (Tranel), ) n34-35 p355-68 Mar-Oct 2001
This article reports on a psycholinguistic study of first language attrition in German first generation immigrants. On the basis of the individual variation in performance evidenced by the data, the study claims that first language (L1) attrition in late bilinguals is not only the consequence of a lack of use. A comparison of the performance of three selected German-English bilinguals suggests that, among other factors, contact with other immigrants--as is the case in immigrant communities--might generate changes in linguistic competence. In this case, it would be necessary to distinguish two types of intra-generational L1 attrition: (1)attrition in isolated immigrants who never use the L1 in the host country, which mainly yields processing difficulties and problems in lexical retrieval; and (2) attrition in members of immigrant communities where changes of the linguistic norm within the community can take place, resulting in modifications of linguistic competence. (Contains 17 references, 6 notes, and 4 tables.) (Author/VWL)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: French
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