First Language Attrition

First Language Attrition : Interdisciplinary perspectives on methodological issues

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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.
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  • Hardback | 378 pages
  • 149.9 x 226.1 x 25.4mm | 635.04g
  • John Benjamins Publishing Co
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1588115496
  • 9781588115492

Table of contents

1. Acknowledgment; 1. List of tables; 2. Preface; 2. Language attrition: The next phase (by Kopke, Barbara); 3. Studying the element order of Old Germanic languages; 3. Part I. Theoretical models and methodological aspects; 4. How to study element order in translated texts; 4. L2 influence and L1 attrition in adult bilingualism (by Pavlenko, Aneta); 5. A sociocultural approach for language attrition (by Jimenez Jimenez, Antonio F.); 5. The V-second phenomenon; 6. Verb-initial main declarative clauses; 6. Perceived language dominance and language preference for emotional speech: The implications for attrition research (by Dewaele, Jean-Marc); 7. The role of grammaticality judgments in investigating first language attrition: A cross-disciplinary perspective (by Altenberg, Evelyn P.); 7. Element order in subordinate clauses; 8. Element order in conjunct clauses; 8. Part II. Attrition in progress - observations and descriptions; 9. The position of objects; 9. Issues in finding the appropriate methodology in language attrition research (by Yagmur, Kutlay); 10. Translation strategies; 10. Language contact and attrition: The spoken French of Israeli Francophones (by Ben-Rafael, Miriam); 11. Is there a natural process of decay?: A longitudinal study of language attrition (by Hutz, Matthias); 11. Text-specific and language-specific element order patterns in OE and OHG translations; 12. In search of the lost language: The case of adopted Koreans in France (by Ventureyra, Valerie A.G.); 13. Part III. How the study of attrition can contribute to the understanding of language; 14. Attrition in L1 competence: The case of Turkish (by Gurel, Ayse); 15. Methodological aspects of a generative-based attrition study (by McCormack, Bede); 16. Convergent outcomes in L2 acquisition and L1 loss (by Montrul, Silvina A.); 17. A modest proposal: Explaining language attrition in the context of contact linguistics (by Gross, Steven); 18. No more reductions! - To the problem of evaluation of language attrition data (by Schmitt, Elena); 19. Language attrition research: An annotated bibliography (by Schmid, Monika S.); 20. A new blueprint for language attrition research (by Schmid, Monika S.)
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