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ERIC Number: EJ774862
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-0026-7902
Teachers' Language: L1 Attrition in Russian-English Bilinguals
Isurin, Ludmila
Modern Language Journal, v91 n3 p357-371 Fall 2007
The present study reports on the evidence of first language (L1) attrition in a population that may appear to be the most resistant to L1 changes. Russian monolinguals (n=3) and Russian-English bilinguals (n=10) participated in the study. The bilinguals were graduate students teaching Russian as a foreign language at a U.S. university. The data were obtained through semispontaneous discourse on assigned interview topics and a grammaticality judgment task. Numerous instances of lexical and grammatical deviations registered in the data suggest that an extensive exposure to the L1 in the second language (L2) environment and motivation to keep it intact due to a high professional demand may still diminish the speaker's control over his or her L1 skills. Implications for L2 acquisition and foreign language teaching (FLT) are offered in the article.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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