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Fun fact! Bilingualism brings with it many benefits: it makes the learning of additional languages easier, enhances the thinking process and fosters contacts with other people and their cultures.

Definition of the noun bilingualism

What does bilingualism mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: bilingualisms

  1. the ability to speak two languages colloquially
    • example: Diglossia is a type of bilingualism where one can speak two dialects of the same language.
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic words: ability / power = possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done


  1. "Bilingualism" is a book by Ricardo J. Cornejo.
    • also known as "Bilingualism: study of the lexicon of the five-year-old Spanish-speaking children of Texas", "Bilingualism study of the lexicon of the five-year-old Spanish-speaking children of Texas"
  2. "Bilingualism" is a book by Hugo Baetens Beardsmore.
    • also known as "Bilingualism: basic principles"
  3. "Bilingualism" is a book by Paul Christophersen.
    • also known as "Bilingualism; an inaugural lecture delivered on Foundation Day, November 17th, 1948"
  4. "Bilingualism" is a book by Michael West.
    • also known as "Bilingualism (with special reference to Bengal)"
  5. "Bilingualism" is a book by Bee Chin Ng.
    • also known as "Bilingualism: an advanced resource book"

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Bilingualism

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Google previewThird Language Learners (2005)

Pragmatic Production and Awareness by Maria Pilar Safont Jordà

However, bilingualism is a relative concept, as it refers to a complicated phenomenon that has not been clearly...

Google previewBlessings of Babel (1987)

Bilingualism and Language Planning. Problems and Pleasures by Einar Haugen

Preface Bilingualism is a topic that has been receiving renewed attention in the United States during recent years. The interest has been sparked by the influx of new waves of immigrants from countries that once remained outside the stream of ...

Google previewBilingualism in Schools and Society (2013)

Language, Identity, and Policy by Sarah J. Shin

INTRODUCTION Bilingualism is a fact of life for the vast majority of the world's populations.

Bilingualism is an integral part of the cultural fabric of India where 216 languages have at least 10,000 speakers each and 24 of them are recognized ...

Google previewChildren's Multilingual Development and Education (2015)

Fostering Linguistic Resources in Home and School Contexts by Alison L. Bailey, Anna V. Osipova

where bilingualism is a family practice for two generations and the other (Tricia's family) where parents who grew up in monolingual households made a conscious ...

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling (2016)

by Jon Carlson, Shannon B. Dermer

Bilingualism is the ability to communicate in two different languages. In some countries it is typical for families to learn and speak two or more languages. In the United States, English is the dominant language, and some families also speak a ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education (1998)

by Colin Baker, Sylvia Prys Jones

Bilingualism is a topic which must be treated on two levels at once - simultaneously as sociology and as psychology, just as learning a second language must be seen both as acquiring a culture and as embracing a new personal identity.

Google previewHigher-grade English (1890)

History of the Language; Analysis; Style; Prosody; &c., &c

Bilingualism is the presence in a language of two words for the same thing, but derived from different sources — as, confess and acknowledge, humble and lowly, pray and beseech. (L. bi, twice DEFINITIONS.

Google previewEducation for cultural change (1953)

selected articles from Indian education, 1944-51 by Willard Walcott Beatty, United States. Bureau of Indian Affairs. Branch of Education

While fluent bilingualism is a condition to be encouraged, ...

Google previewEvery Tribe and Tongue (2011)

A Biblical Vision for Language in Society by Michael Pasquale, Nathan L. K. Bierma

The second argument put forth against childhood bilingualism is that learning two languages at once will cause interference and harmful mixing with a child's first language. it ...

Google previewCry my Beloved Africa (2008)

Essays on the Postcolonial Aura in Africa by Peter W. Vakunta

Bilingualism is an added advantage to the bilingual individual and to the nation as a whole given that what is acquired in one language is transferable to the second language. This is an enriching acquisition. It broadens the mindset of ...

Google previewThe Bilingual Mental Lexicon (2009)

Interdisciplinary Approaches by Aneta Pavlenko

The neurolinguistic approach to bilingualism focuses on determining the manner in which the two (or more) languages are stored in the brain and how they are differentially (or similarly) processed. The underlying assumption is that the ...

Google previewAn Encyclopedia of Language (2002)

by N.E. Collinge

The ensuing bilingualism is often referred to as natural since, given appropriate conditions, failure to learn the language would be the exception. It is also natural in the sense that the social and linguistic environment is not being manipulated ...

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia and Dictionary of Education (1922)

A Comprehensive, Practical and Authoritative Guide on All Matters Connected with Education, Including Educational Principles and Practice, Various Types of Teaching Institutions, and Educational Systems Throughout the World by Foster Watson

Bilingualism in Wales. The upper and educated classes universally spoke English, and this naturally isolated them from the great body of Welsh people, who spoke and understood Welsh alone. The most ardent desire was felt by the industrial ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of African-American Literature (2015)

Hiscultural bilingualism combines the poetics of black vernacular and black music ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the World's Minorities (2013)

by Carl Skutsch

Bhutan Bihari Bilin Bilingualism Bolivia Bonner, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Language Development (2014)

by Patricia J. Brooks, Vera Kempe

In other circumstances, however, usuallylinked tothesocial statusof thelanguages inthe community or unsupportive governmental policies toward bilingualism, early SLA mightinvolve a gradual reduction of L1 exposure and use, with L2 ...

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After all, enforced national bilingualism in this country isn't mere policy. It has attained the status of a religion. It's a dogma which o-ne is supposed to accept without question. (Stephen Harper)
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Scrabble value of B3I1L1I1N1G2U1A1L1I1S1M3

The value of this 12-letter word is 17 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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