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1. Title Title of document 38. What Does it Mean to be Bilingual? - The Five-Minute Linguist
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Agnes Bolonyai; North Carolina State University;
3. Subject Discipline(s) Linguistics
4. Subject Keyword(s) introduction to language; introduction to linguistics; Linguistic Society of America; essays about language; what is language; what is linguistics
5. Subject Subject classification general linguistics
6. Description Abstract About two-thirds of the world’s population uses two or more languages in their everyday lives: they are bi- or multi-linguals. Being bilingual offers a unique way for the creative and purposeful use of one’s language resources to ‘do’ things in social life, to express one’s linguistic and cultural identities, and to make sense of social reality. This chapter discusses what it means to be bilingual from a linguistic, socio-cultural, developmental and cognitive perspective. It aims to misspell some common misconceptions about bilinguals and their often-stigmatized language practices such as code-switching, while addressing the challenges and advantages of becoming, being and staying bilingual over the lifespan.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 09-Jul-2019
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.38158
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; The Five-Minute Linguist
16. Language English=en en
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19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd