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Language Attrition

  1. Elisabeth Ahlsén

Published Online: 5 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781405198431.wbeal0477

The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics

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Ahlsén, E. 2012. Language Attrition. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. .

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  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2012


Language attrition can be defined as a reduction, weakening or loss of a first, second, third, or more language in an individual person or in a community.


  • neurolinguistics;
  • semantics;
  • immigration and emigration;
  • impairment;
  • multilingualism