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Attriters and Bilinguals: What’s in a Name?

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  • Federico Gallo, Higher School of Economics, Vita-Salute San Raffaele University
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  • Keerthi Ramanujan, Higher School of Economics
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  • Yury Shtyrov
  • Andriy Myachykov, Higher School of Economics, Northumbria University

The use of language as a universal tool for communication and interaction is the backbone of human society. General sociocultural milieu and specific contextual factors can strongly influence various aspects of linguistic experience, including language acquisition and use and the respective internal neurolinguistic processes. This is particularly relevant in the case of bilingualism, which encompasses a diverse set of linguistic experiences, greatly influenced by societal, cultural, educational, and personal factors. In this perspective piece, we focus on a specific type of linguistic experience: non-pathological first-language (L1) attrition—a phenomenon that is strongly tied to immersion in non-L1 environments. We present our view on what may be the essence of L1 attrition and suggest ways of examining it as a type of bilingual experience, in particular with relation to its neurocognitive bases.

Original languageEnglish
Article number558228
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021

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© Copyright © 2021 Gallo, Ramanujan, Shtyrov and Myachykov.

    Research areas

  • bilingual experience, bilingualism, L1 attrition, L2 immersion, sociocultural changes

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