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Re: THEORY: Long-term bilingualism

From:j_mach_wust <j_mach_wust@...>
Date:Wednesday, September 26, 2007, 19:51
--- In, Wayne Chevrier <wayne.chevrier@...> wrote:
> Check out Paraguay, almost universally bilingual in Spanish and > Guarani. The languages are used by everyone, but in different parts > of life. Guarani for close friends, family, and to show closeness and > informality; Spanish for outsiders and formal occassions.
I've learned that especially in the cities, people don't speak pure Guarani, but Jopara, a Guarani heavily influenced by Spanish. Other instances of two concurrent languages may be Arab or German-speaking Switzerland where the spoken language differs a lot from the written language, though both are related. The Swiss situation has been called "medial diglossy". The Wikipedia entry on diglossy seems quite useful and includes some bibliography: --- grüess mach