Attrition and Multilingualism
Published Online: 5 NOV 2012
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The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics
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Schmid, M. S. 2012. Attrition and Multilingualism. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. .
- Published Online: 5 NOV 2012
To think “bilingualism” is usually to think “second language” (L2). Virtually all research that is conducted on multilinguals focuses on the way in which they acquire and use the languages which are not their “native” one. Observations gained from that study are then compared to first language (L1) speakers, and attempts are made to pinpoint and explain the differences between the two populations (L1 speakers vs. L2 learners).
- first language acquisition;
- language maintenance;
- second language acquisition;
- immigration and emigration;