The regression hypothesis as a framework for first language attrition

  title={The regression hypothesis as a framework for first language attrition},
  author={Merel Keijzer},
  journal={Bilingualism: Language and Cognition},
  pages={9 - 18}
  • Merel Keijzer
  • Published 26 October 2009
  • Linguistics
  • Bilingualism: Language and Cognition
In an attempt to explain first language attrition in emigrant populations, this paper investigates the explanatory power of a framework that has – until now – received little attention: the regression hypothesis (Jakobson, 1941). This hypothesis predicts that the order of attrition is the reverse of the order of acquisition. The regression hypothesis was tested in relation to the loss of morphology and syntax in Dutch immigrants in Anglophone Canada. Evidence in favor of regression was found… 

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