Anteprima della tesi di Silvia Pareti

How the Learning of a Second Language Affects the First Language of an Individual: The Italian of Monolingual and Multilingual Speakers

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2already in the late 60s (Kloss, 1966)
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, is connected to the process of first
language ‘attrition’. We will start from this phenomenon to proceed then into the
exploration of the effects of the L2 on the L1 when both languages are actively
used and their influence is as much as possible reciprocal. For this situation to
occur certain premises have to be considered. We will then analyze the linguistic
features involved in the reverse exchange as they have been analyzed by previous
studies, such as the heterogeneous research on the effects of the L2 on the L1
collected by Cook (2003).
To prove that the learning of a second language affects the overall
linguistic system of an individual, thus affecting also his L1, we will proceed to
introducing a study. Testing Italian monolingual and multilingual speakers,
whose L2 is English, we will demonstrate how their L1 diverges in several
aspects. Whether directly or indirectly proceeding from the learning of a second
language, these differences will strengthen the importance of further research on
the influence of the second language on the first, a phenomenon that has still
something to teach us.
2
KLOSS, H. German-American language maintenance efforts. In FISHMAN, J. A. Language
loyalty in the United States, The Hague: Mouton, 206-252, 1966.
For a complete bibliography on first language attrition see the website of the Division of
Languages and Linguistics College of Arts and Sciences Brigham Young University, Hawaii.
URL: http://w3.byuh.edu/academics/lang/attritionbiblio