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Ferhat Karaman; Jill Lany; Jessica F. Hay – Cognitive Science, 2024
Infants are sensitive to statistics in spoken language that aid word-form segmentation and immediate mapping to referents. However, it is not clear whether this sensitivity influences the formation and retention of word-referent mappings across a delay, two real-world challenges that learners must overcome. We tested how the timing of referent…
Descriptors: Infants, Language, Language Skill Attrition, Word Recognition
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Pye, Clifton – Journal of Child Language, 2021
The outstanding property of human language is its diversity, and yet acquisition data is only available for three percent of the world's 6000+ spoken languages. Due to the rapid pace of language loss, it may not be possible to document how children acquire half of the world's indigenous languages in as little as two decades. This loss permanently…
Descriptors: Language Acquisition, Indigenous Populations, Language Maintenance, Language Skill Attrition
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Meek, Barbra A. – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2022
This article traces the various ways that 'languages at risk' in the Yukon Territory, Canada, are imagined and managed across a range of 'stakeholders.' Predicated on a history of oppression and the management of risk in the U.S. and Canada, aboriginal language endangerment has arisen from insecurities about communicative diversity. Conversely…
Descriptors: Language Maintenance, Canada Natives, American Indian Languages, Foreign Countries
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Kai Zhu – Psychology in the Schools, 2024
Utilizing the framework of the L2 motivational self-system as its theoretical foundation, this study focuses on a total of 52 students who discontinue their English learning within a senior high school in Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province. The primary objective of this study is to discern the underlying motivations prompting students to discontinue their…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Entrance Examinations, High School Seniors, Second Language Learning
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Stewart, Jesse; Inlago, Lucia Gonza; Ayala, Gabriela Prado – Language Documentation & Conservation, 2023
On a 2022 fieldtrip to Ecuador, we encountered a large community of Media Lengua speakers in the province of Cotopaxi where the language was thought to be dormant. This is the same region where Pieter Muysken had first documented this 'mixed language' in the 1970s. However, subsequent fieldwork thereabout by several linguists had failed to turn up…
Descriptors: American Indian Languages, Language Skill Attrition, Geographic Regions, Language Research
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Sacré, Hari Prasad Adhikari; Cawayu, Atamhi; Clemente-Martínez, Chandra Kala – Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 2023
This theoretical article reflects on a recent development in adult literacy studies: transnational adoptees relearning their heritage languages. Literacy and adoption scholars have studied the replacement of the heritage language with a second language and reported it as a permanent loss. Returning to the country of origin, return adoptees…
Descriptors: Adult Literacy, Adoption, Heritage Education, Second Language Learning
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Jaeci Nel Hall – Language Documentation & Conservation, 2023
The purpose of this research is to support the language revitalization and reclamation of Nuu-wee-ya', a Dene language from Southern Oregon and Northern California, and to contribute to the discussions on methodological particularities of archive-based research for language revitalization. Nuu-wee-ya' is a sleeping language comprising three…
Descriptors: Morphemes, Semantics, Language Research, Documentation
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Glyn Hicks; Laura Domínguez; E. Jamieson; Monika S. Schmid – Language Learning Journal, 2024
This article sheds light on the linguistic and extralinguistic conditions that determine the likelihood of L1 grammatical attrition in late sequential bilinguals. We explore whether aspectual interpretations associated with the present tense may be a vulnerable area for the native grammar of 30 late Spanish-English bilinguals who have settled in…
Descriptors: Native Language, Spanish, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Anastasia Sorokina; Raymond Mugno – Language Learning Journal, 2024
In L1 attrition research, it's recognized that a previously acquired language can transform under the influence of a newly acquired one. However, the precise L1-L2 relationship is intricate and warrants further study. Some research suggest that L2 mastery might reduce L1 proficiency, while others show that both languages can be maintained. Age of…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Language Acquisition, Native Language, Second Language Learning
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Schmid, Monika S. – Language Teaching, 2023
Instructed foreign language knowledge -- that is, language skills acquired exclusively in the classroom without the benefit of any significant immersion experience -- remains a vastly neglected area of studies on language learning in general and language attrition in particular. There is also little consideration of foreign language attrition and…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Skill Attrition, Language Research
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Schmid, Monika S.; Yilmaz, Gülsen – Applied Linguistics, 2021
Lexical access and lexical diversity are often assumed to be vulnerable to first language (L1) attrition. They also differ between monolinguals and nonimmersed bilinguals. This raises the question whether lexical attrition can be ascribed to nonuse or to competition between the two languages. We compare two populations of late L2 learners of Dutch…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Language Skill Attrition, Native Language, Immigrants
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Bousquette, Joshua; Putnam, Michael T. – Language Learning, 2020
The present work presents a critical assessment of claims in recent literature that moribund language varieties exhibit accelerated language decay, and that attrition in individual grammars has a causational relationship with language shift to the majority language. We show these claims to be unfounded. Based on two empirical points taken from…
Descriptors: Grammar, Language Skill Attrition, German, Morphology (Languages)
Huang, Karen – Current Issues in Language Planning, 2023
Indigenous languages in Taiwan are experiencing various degrees of language endangerment. Reversing language shift, however, faces difficulties due to the minority status of the languages. This study identifies two Indigenous singer-songwriters who released popular music sung in their endangered Indigenous languages as micro-level language…
Descriptors: Music, Language Maintenance, Indigenous Populations, Language Skill Attrition
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Mahurin-Smith, Jamie; DeThorne, Laura S.; Petrill, Stephen A. – Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 2021
Introduction: Children born prematurely often score lower on standardized tests of language in early childhood. Less is known about longer term outcomes. This investigation considered language outcomes in pre-adolescent children born very preterm/very low birthweight, as assessed by both standardized test scores and language sample measures, and…
Descriptors: Premature Infants, Preadolescents, Child Development, Language Tests
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Senar, Fernando; Serrat, Elisabet; Janés, Judit; Huguet, Àngel – Applied Linguistics, 2023
Heritage Language Instruction (HLI) is a resource used in many immigration-receiving countries that allows students with an immigrant background to continue to be in contact with their Heritage Language (HL). However, many of the psycholinguistic effects of this instruction are still unknown. This study aims to provide an in-depth view of the…
Descriptors: Native Language Instruction, Immigrants, Psycholinguistics, Second Language Learning
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