Over the past years, some of the accounts and news stories involving language attrition (for examples the ones you can find here) have led to media attention. Here is a collection of links to radio interviews and news articles in various languages:
- the German newsmagazine Der Spiegel published an account of language attrition, based largely on my work (18.12.2015). An interesting little factoid is that the short blurb in the table of contents was supposed to say ‘how the second language interferes with the native language’, but in the final editing process someone saw this, thought it must clearly be a mistake and changed it (without checking!) to ‘how the native language interferes with second language acquisition’. So much for general perceptions of the likeliehood of language attrition!
- An article based on an interview with myself and Dr. Aneta Pavlenko (Temple University) appeared on the BBC website, following the release of POW Bowe Bergdahl and his father’s statement that, after five years’ Taliban captivity, he had ‘trouble’ speaking English (04.06.2014).
- An analysis about the Bergdahl case in relation to language attrition was published on the website The Conversation (05.06.2014)
- The BBC published a dossier of statements from people who had lost fluency in their native language, following on the Bergdahl story (14.07.2014).
- I was interviewed about this on the BBC2 Jeremy Vine show (15.07.2014, no longer available online) and on the Belgian channel Radio1 in the newsprogramme Nieuwe Feiten (05.06.2014, in Dutch).
- An opinion piece about the use of language analysis for the determination of origin (LADO), co-authored with Prof. Peter Patrick of the University of Essex, appeared on The Conversation website (12.03.2015), and an article about this practice in the online magazine Quartz is heavily based on our work and our views.
- There have also been a number of newspaper and radio inverviews about the LADO practice. Two of them are in German, on Deutschlandradio Kultur (12.02.2015) and DRadio Wissen (25.09.2015), one appeared in the Norwegian paper NRK (28.09.2014)