Challenges in Multilingualism – Navigating Language Dynamics in Multilingual Families

  Being or becoming multilingual has numerous advantages, but it also comes with its fair share of challenges. Understanding and addressing these challenges is essential for successful language development and maintenance in multilingual families. Let’s look at some common challenges that arise in multilingual families and discuss strategies to overcome them.   Language Dominance When […]

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Language shift in multilinguals

What happens when multilinguals shift language? The process of language shift, also known as language transfer or language replacement or language assimilation, is when a community of speakers of a language shifts to speaking a completely different language, usually over an extended period of time. From a historical perspective, this happened for example when in the now France shifted […]

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Language scenarios for multilingual children growing up abroad

There are numerous language scenarios for multilingual children living abroad, i.e. outside of both, or one of their parents countries of provenance (or origin), since there are many different degrees of fluency for the single languages spoken at home, language preferences, and languages might be mixed within the home. Parents might speak the community and/or […]

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