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What Happens to Second-Generation International Children?

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By Bettina Ribes-Gil Photo credit: CarbonNYC Introduction As a follow-up to my article on Immigration and Language, the question arises of what happens to the second-generation international children? A definition of a second-generation international child is that at least one parent was born outside the host country. Purists require both parents to be foreign-born. The […]

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The Torn Bilingual Soul?

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By Alice Lapuerta Let’s talk about “Bilingual Identity.” The split bilingual soul. The fragmented personality, the eternal half, the uprooted Third Culture Kid eternally searching for home. It is interesting that whenever I read something on the “Bilingual identity,” I do so with complete detachment. It takes a while for it to sink in: they […]

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Jabberlingual: A Multilingual Life in a Monolingual Village

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By Alice Lapuerta We Jabberlinguals live in a decidedly monolingual, monocultural part of Upper-Austria: we live in The Village. The Village is a small town in the country-side, surrounded by lush forests, green meadows and yellow fields. In the distance you can see the snow-capped Alps. A picturesque place, where fox and rabbit tell each […]

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