However, development doesn't always refer to this upward trajectory. Previously-known languages can be forgotten through, for example:
the language no longer being used following migration (visit this website on first language attrition to learn more)
linguistic knowledge being affected by ageing, illness or trauma
changes in multilingual language use across a community
View our research projects on language loss and ageing below:
This new study is a pilot project aimed at preparing the ground for a larger investigation into whether participation in a foreign language learning programme can contribute to building cognitive reserve in older adults, and which factors predict older adults’ foreign language learning success.