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Incomplete acquisition in bilingualism : re-examining the age factor

Age effects have played a particularly prominent role in some theoretical perspectives on second language acquisition. This book takes an entirely new perspective on this issue by re-examining these theories in light of the existence of apparently similar non-native outcomes in adult heritage speakers who, unlike adult second language learners, acquired two or more languages in childhood. Despite having been exposed to their family language early in life, many of these speakers never fully acquire, or later lose, aspects of their first language sometime in childhood. The book examines the stru
eBook, English, ©2008
John Benjamins, Amsterdam, ©2008
1 online resource (x, 312 pages) : illustrations.
9789027290410, 9781282105379, 9027290415, 128210537X
Incomplete Acquisition in Bilingualism; Editorial page; Title page; LCC data; Table of contents; Acknowledgements; 1. Foundations; 2. Second language acquisition; 3. First language attrition in adults; 4. Bilingualism in early childhood; 5. Bilingualism in middle and late childhood; 6. Incomplete L1acquisition in adults; 7. Incomplete L1 and L2 acquisition in adults; 8. Implications; References; Index of authors; Index of terms; The series Studies in Bilingualism