On L1 attrition and the linguistic system

  title={On L1 attrition and the linguistic system},
  author={Monika S. Schmid},
  journal={Eurosla Yearbook},
  • M. Schmid
  • Published 2009
  • Linguistics
  • Eurosla Yearbook
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