syntinen_laulu (syntinen_laulu) wrote in little_details,
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Learning a second language as a child

Googled: language acquisition, second language + child
Setting: (not that it matters much): medieval England and France

If a child was taken from England at the age of five or so, and grew up thereafter in a completely French-speaking environment, am I right in thinking he would learn to speak French like a native?

How much English, if any, would he be likely to retain if he really didn't encounter any English-speakers again till he was an adult? If he retained any English, would he retain his English accent or would he sound like a Frenchman?

I'm aware that these things are a continuum,  and that there will be people at both extreme ends of the continuum, either retaining the whole of their cradle tongue, or forgetting it totally. But what would be typical?
Tags: ~child development (misc), ~languages (misc)
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