The Debate on Maturational Constraints in Bilingual Development: A Perspective from First-Language Attrition

  title={The Debate on Maturational Constraints in Bilingual Development: A Perspective from First-Language Attrition},
  author={Monika S. Schmid},
  journal={Language Acquisition},
  pages={386 - 410}
  • M. Schmid
  • Published 28 February 2014
  • Linguistics
  • Language Acquisition
A controversial topic in research on second-language acquisition is whether residual variability and optionality in high-proficiency late second-language (L2) learners is merely the outcome of cross-linguistic transfer, competition, and processing limitations, or whether late learners have an underlying representational deficit due to maturational constraints on ultimate attainment in L2. This study argues that insights into this question can be gained by comparing advanced late L2 learners… 

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