Language Attrition

Language Attrition

by Monika S. Schmid
     
 

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'Language attrition' describes the loss of, or changes to, grammatical and other features of a language as a result of declining use by speakers who have changed their linguistic environment and language habits. In such a situation there may, for example, be simplification in the tense system or in certain properties of subordinate clauses; some vocabulary items

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'Language attrition' describes the loss of, or changes to, grammatical and other features of a language as a result of declining use by speakers who have changed their linguistic environment and language habits. In such a situation there may, for example, be simplification in the tense system or in certain properties of subordinate clauses; some vocabulary items might fall into disuse and phonetic features may be restructured. These changes can be affected by features of the speaker's environment, but also by his or her attitudes and processes of identification. This book provides a detailed and up-to-date introduction to the way in which language attrition can affect language, as well as to the extra- and sociolinguistic features involved. It also familiarizes the reader with experimental approaches to attrition and data analysis techniques and provides hands-on guidelines on how to apply them.

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'An outstanding how-to research manual … a superb introduction to the fast-growing field of first language attrition.' Aneta Pavlenko, Temple University

'A masterful introduction to the theoretical key concepts and methodological issues in first language attrition research. Surely a landmark book!' Barbara Köpke, Octogone-Lordat, University of Toulouse

'In this book, every crucial aspect of language attrition research is highlighted and clearly explained. Each chapter starts with essential questions that describe its focus and main ideas. In doing so, each chapter acts as a scaffold for the following one, and the reader is well-prepared and trained for what is next.' Bahar Otcu-Grillman, The Linguist List (linguistlist.org)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521759939
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/30/2011
Series:
Key Topics in Sociolinguistics Series
Pages:
306
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Monika S. Schmid is Professor of English Language and Rosalind Franklin Fellow at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen.

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