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By Herbert W. Seliger, Robert M. Vago

ISBN-10: 0521344263

ISBN-13: 9780521344265

This e-book examines linguistic facets of the attrition or lack of first language skills in bilinguals via a suite of reports in a variety of language teams. The phenomena of attrition are tested at either the person bilingual and societal degrees. This quantity is split onto 3 sections: half I surveys varied features of current empirical proof to reach at theoretical generalizations approximately language attrition. half II is made out of team reports studying attrition in societal bilingualism or in teams of bilingual participants. half III comprises person case reports of bilingual little ones and adults. The examine pronounced investigates first language attrition in quite a few linguistic components similar to syntax, morphology, semantics, phonology and lexicon with the subsequent first languages: Spanish, German, Hebrew, Dyirbal, English, Breton, Dutch, Hungarian, Russian, French and Pennsylvania German. even supposing there's transforming into curiosity in bilingualism, this is often the 1st paintings to check the consequences of the purchase of a moment language on linguistic talents within the first language.

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And (b) How are conflicts between language specific constraints and more universal rules resolved? Within the Chomskyan model, a language grammar is comprised of two parts: a core, which consists of the rules a particular language has selected from UG, and a periphery, which consists of rules specific to that particular language and not to others. Since the core rules for any particular language are a subset of the UG, these rules are shared with other languages which may contain parts of the subset within their own core.

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In a sense, this can be interpreted as an "attrition variant" of recapitulation: language attrition as a condensed form of change processes in the language itself. Comparable findings are reported by Geelen & De Bot (1986) on individual dialect loss. They showed that processes of change that have been going on in the dialect for several decades are speeded up and finalized in dialect speakers that have left their region of origin and have, accordingly, had little contact with the dialect for a number of years.

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