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 preference among bilingual siblings

©Ute Limacher-Riebold 2010 We can find many studies about how to raise “a” or “one” bilingual child, but what happens when you have more than one child (and maybe twins)? Will it be possible to keep the initial bilingual situation within the family? Do children influence the language dynamic in the family? Do all the […]

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