Can a First Language be Totally Forgotten?

I was intrigued by this article since the subjects were adoptees of Korean descent raised in a French speaking home.  Although I am not an adoptee, I am half Korean and was raised in a predominately Spanish speaking home.  I grew up in a household where the Korean language was heard on a daily basis when my father spoke to relatives and when he watched his telivision shows in Korean.  At the behest of teachers, he spoke to his children only in English; one decision he regrets to this day.  Although I do not speak the language fluently, I still understand it at a very rudimentary phonetic level and can distinguish it from other Asian languages.  So, not totally forgotten…

Psychology Today, 7/11/12:  Can a Language be Totally Forgotten?

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