Research shows first language attrition in bilingual people is more common than expected

Researchers at the University of Essex in England are finding that language attrition in bilingual people is more common than previously thought. Language attrition is when second language learners, who do not use their first language regularly, often start to feel ‘rusty.’ It is very common, according to the university’s website. According to research, immigrants can be affected by this phenomenon as attrition happens to those who move away from their first language environment. Monika Schmid, a professor at the department of language and linguistics at the University of Essex, wrote on her website that attrition can happen due to the language not being used after migration.     Linguistic knowledge can be affected by ageing, illness or trauma, or changes […]

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