Second language acquisition and first language loss in adult early bilinguals: exploring some differences and similarities

@article{Montrul2005SecondLA,
  title={Second language acquisition and first language loss in adult early bilinguals: exploring some differences and similarities},
  author={Silvina A. Montrul},
  journal={Second Language Research},
  year={2005},
  volume={21},
  pages={199 - 249}
}
  • S. Montrul
  • Published 1 July 2005
  • Linguistics
  • Second Language Research
This study compares the linguistic knowledge of adult second language (L2) learners, who learned the L2 after puberty, with the potentially ‘eroded’ first language (L1) grammars of adult early bilinguals who were exposed to the target language since birth and learned the other language simultaneously, or early in childhood (before age 5). I make two main claims: (1) that the L1 grammar of bilinguals at a given stabilized state (probably endstate) resembles the incomplete (either developing or… 

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