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Acquisition des langues

Can a First Language be Totally Forgotten?


Last Updated: 18 Aug 2012

Does a first language lost in childhood leave a trace?

In an earlier post on language forgetting, I mentioned a little American boy, Stephen, who had acquired Garo in India during his first years of life but who had forgotten it when his parents returned to the United States (see here). I ended the post by stating that those who have a childhood language deep inside their minds probably have a hidden wish that one day they will be able to reactivate it and use it in their everyday life. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>