First language attrition: The methodology revised

  title={First language attrition: The methodology revised},
  author={Monika S. Schmid},
  journal={International Journal of Bilingualism},
  pages={239 - 255}
  • M. Schmid
  • Published 1 September 2004
  • Linguistics
  • International Journal of Bilingualism
This article presents a criticism of the methodology most frequently used by language attrition studies. In particular, the preoccupation of such research with “errors” in the data from attriters is questioned. It is proposed that approaches which focus on overt deviance cannot come to a full understanding of the attritional process, and that a full investigation of lexical, morphological and syntactic complexity and richness of the data produced by attriters is necessary in order to achieve a… 

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