Publication details [#55175]

Hulstijn, Jan and Kimberley Mulder. 2011. Linguistic Skills of Adult Native Speakers, as a Function of Age and Level of Education. Applied Linguistics 32 (5) : 475–494.
Publication type
Article in journal
Publication language
Language as a subject
Place, Publisher
Oxford University Press


This study argues that, given the large variability in native speakers’ language knowledge and skills as a function of their age and level of education and profession, research on the question of whether second-language learners can attain native proficiency levels, ought to take native-speaker variability into account.