This collection of articles provides theoretical foundations and perspectives for language attrition research. Its purpose is to enable investigations of L1 attrition to avail themselves more fully and more fundamentally of the theoretical frameworks that have been formulated with respect to SLA and bilingualism. In the thirteen papers collected here, experts in particular disciplines of bilingualism, such as neurolinguistics, formal linguistics, contact linguistics and language and identity, provide an in-depth perspective on L1 attrition which will make the translation of theory to hypothesis easier for future research.
1. Acknowledgment; 2. Bilingualism and attrition (by Schmid, Monika S.); 3. Language attrition at the crossroads of brain, mind, and society (by Kopke, Barbara); 4. Understanding attrition within a MOGUL framework (by Sharwood Smith, Michael); 5. Dynamic systems theory, lifespan development and language attrition (by Bot, Kees de); 6. The grammatical profile of L1 speakers on the stairs of potential language shift (by Myers-Scotton, Carol); 7. First language attrition from a minimalist perspective: Interface vulnerability and processing effects (by Tsimpli, Ianthi Maria); 8. (Psycho)linguistic determinants of L1 attrition (by Gurel, Ayse); 9. L1 attrition features predicted by a neurolinguistic theory of bilingualism (by Paradis, Michel); 10. The role of L1 use for L1 attrition (by Schmid, Monika S.); 11. Critical periods in language acquisition and language attrition (by Pallier, Christophe); 12. A hidden language: Recovery of a 'lost' language is triggered by hypnosis (by Footnick, Rosalie); 13. Identity, immigration and first language attrition (by Prescher, Petra); 14. Language attrition and ideology: Two groups of immigrants in Israel (by Ben-Rafael, Miriam); 15. Stimulated recall methodology in language attrition research (by Jimenez Jimenez, Antonio F.); 16. Name index; 17. Subject index