Researchers investigated early bilinguals (bilingual in Spanish and Basque from birth), and tested their processing of Spanish. Though all participants achieved high level proficiency, those who are “Spanish-dominant” due to daily use showed different processing from those who are “Basque-dominant” (due to daily use). The study concludes that language dominance (through daily use) is an important factor when we consider the early stages of the attrition process.
This article was published in:
- Caffarra, S., Zimnukhova, S., & Mancini, S. (2016)
What usage can do: The effect of language dominance on simultaneous bilinguals’ morphosyntactic processing.
Linguistics Vanguard, 2, 43-53. Doi: 10.1515/lingvan-2016-0020.