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Bowe Bergdahl: Could He Have Lost English Skills?

by Wochit 0:54 mins

Bowe Bergdahl: Could He Have Lost English Skills?

by Wochit 0:54 mins

The release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from Taliban captors this week has raised many questions. One of interest to students of language and psychology: Is it possible that the young man from Idaho lost much of his ability to speak and understand English during his five years as a prisoner in Afghanistan and Pakistan? Bergdahl's father, Robert, suggested that during an initial video message to his son this week, in which he spoke partly in Pashto, the language of the captors. Experts say, though it's not uncommon for people immersed in a new language for months or years to suffer some "language attrition" in their native tongues, it would be unusual for an adult to lose a first language entirely or for normal skills not to return quickly.

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