Lexical access and lexical diversity in first language attrition*

  title={Lexical access and lexical diversity in first language attrition*},
  author={Monika S. Schmid and Scott Jarvis},
  journal={Bilingualism: Language and Cognition},
  pages={729 - 748}
  • M. SchmidS. Jarvis
  • Published 16 January 2014
  • Linguistics
  • Bilingualism: Language and Cognition
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