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General Multilingualism

Urban Youth Linguistic Practices?

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Urban linguistic youth practices?

By Jacomine Nortier Photo credit: Arthur Pennant In this article I will tell you about language use of young people in ethnically mixed peer groups. They are skilled and creative language mixers. In-group language In our family a table-mat is called a vudding, which is derived from the word our oldest daughter used as a […]

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The Economic Value of Languages?

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By Jacomine Nortier Photo Credit: Ahmad Zamri “In my next article I will discuss the importance of maintaining the home language and why there is no harm in using a home language that is different from what the outside world is speaking.” These were my last words in July, before I left for a long […]

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General Multilingualism

Some Languages Are Lost After Emigration While Others Are Maintained. Why?

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By Jacomine Nortier Photo credit: Andrew Shansby In my last article, which was on borrowing and loan words, I ended with the observation that some linguistic communities are more keen than others to keep loanwords at a distance. Is it true or just a wrong impression that some linguistic communities are more caring about their […]

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Loan Words and Borrowing: A Kind of Code-Switching?

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By Jacomine Nortier Photo credit: Beatrice Murch A few weeks ago I wrote about code-switching. People who switch back and forth between languages are more or less aware of their behavior, or at least they know that they make use of two (or more languages). But did you ever realize that we use elements from […]

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Code-switching Is Much More than Careless Mixing: Multilinguals Know the Rules!

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By Jacomine Nortier Photo credit: Ed Yourdon The reactions a few weeks ago on the Multilingual Living Facebook page to the post Language Switching with Your Bilingual Child When It Counts show that multilinguals are familiar with code-switching (the use of more than one language in a conversation, or even within a sentence and sometimes […]

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