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Title: First Language Attrition
Subtitle: Interdisciplinary perspectives on methodological issues
Edited By: Monika S Schmid
Barbara Köpke
Merel Keijzer
Lina Weilemar
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=SiBil%2028
Series Title: Studies in Bilingualism 28

This volume provides a state-of-the-art treatment of research on language attrition, the non-pathological loss of a language through lack of exposure. It combines a review of past and present research with in-depth treatments of specific theoretical and methodological issues and reports on individual studies. Special prominence is given to the identification of problematic areas in attrition research, with a view to pointing out possible solutions. The book specifically addresses itself to those who wish to acquaint themselves with the research area of language attrition, providing them with both a thorough overview of the field and a basis on which to build their own research. The combination of experience and an innovative outlook present in this collection, however, make it a valuable source for those familiar with attrition as well. Especially useful to both beginners and veterans is the extensive annotated bibliography.

Table of contents

Acknowledgment vii

Language attrition: The next phase
Barbara Köpke and Monika S. Schmid 1

Part I. Theoretical models and methodological aspects

L2 influence and L1 attrition in adult bilingualism
Aneta Pavlenko 47

A sociocultural approach for language attrition
Antonio F. Jiménez Jiménez 61

Perceived language dominance and language preference for emotional speech:
The implications for attrition research
Jean-Marc Dewaele 81

The role of grammaticality judgments in investigating first language attrition: A cross-disciplinary perspective
Evelyn P. Altenberg and Robert M. Vago 105

Part II. Attrition in progress — observations and descriptions

Issues in finding the appropriate methodology in language attrition research
Kutlay Yagmur 133

Language contact and attrition: The spoken French of Israeli Francophones
Miriam Ben-Rafael 165

Is there a natural process of decay? A longitudinal study of language attrition
Matthias Hutz 189

In search of the lost language: The case of adopted Koreans in France
Valérie A.G. Ventureyra and Christophe Pallier 207

Part III. How the study of attrition can contribute to the understanding of language

Attrition in L1 competence: The case of Turkish
Ayşe Gürel 225

Methodological aspects of a generative-based attrition study
Bede McCormack 243

Convergent outcomes in L2 acquisition and L1 loss
Silvina A. Montrul 259

A modest proposal: Explaining language attrition in the context of contact linguistics
Steven Gross 281

No more reductions! — To the problem of evaluation of language attrition data
Elena Schmitt 299

Language attrition research: An annotated bibliography
Monika S. Schmid 317

A new blueprint for language attrition research
Monika S. Schmid 349

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics
Cognitive Science
Language Acquisition
Subject Language(s): French
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588115496
ISBN-13: 9781588115492
Pages: x, 378 pp.
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ISBN: 9027241392
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Pages: x, 378 pp.
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