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L2 retention and attrition by Korean returnees

Title
L2 retention and attrition by Korean returnees
Author
이다미
Issue Date
2002-12
Publisher
한국영어교육학회
Citation
영어교육, v. 57, no. 4, page. 83-99
Abstract
This paper examines the maintenance and decline of L2 knowledge over time among Korean/English bilingual children. The purpose Of the study is to examine (1) what aspects of English morphology and syntax undergo positive or negative changes over time and (2) whether the regression hypothesis holds. The study is based on an experiment in which subjects were tested and re-tested on a wide variety of structures of English grammar in a comprehension test. A pre-test was given to 9 Korean/ English bilingual children 6 months after they returned to their LI environment and a post-test to the same subjects one and a half years later. These subjects, aged from 9;0 to 12;11, had been exposed to English for two to six and a half years. The results showed that while most of the morphological and syntactic areas were well retained over time, plural was most susceptible to attrition. The results did not provide any conclusive evidence on the regression hypothesis; instead of our predictions, little attrition took place over one and a half years.
URI
https://www.dbpia.co.kr/journal/articleDetail?nodeId=NODE07096392https://repository.hanyang.ac.kr/handle/20.500.11754/158202
ISSN
1017-7108
Appears in Collections:
COLLEGE OF LANGUAGES & CULTURES[E](국제문화대학) > ENGLISH LANGUAGE & CULTURE(영미언어·문화학과) > Articles
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