from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The condition of being bilingual; the ability to speak two languages.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Quality of being bilingual.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The habitual colloquial use of two languages by the same person in different relations.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the ability to speak two languages colloquially
Now, that kind of bilingualism is necessary, not primarily as an epistemic or even economic tool, but because you cannot understand and really own your language unless you have also another language.
Therefore, bilingualism is a complex issue where research is still ongoing and the limited number of studies on bilingualism provides a variety of findings, which could support different hypotheses.
For the Western Mail and the CBI bilingualism is not of sufficient worth to be requisite for anyone in the private or voluntary sector.
It's a challenge for parents to maintain bilingualism -- what's called heritage language proficiency -- and also assure that kids get top notch English skills.
In the ILGWU, bilingualism is reserved for the level of communication.
One myth about bilingualism is that you are perfect in both/all languages.
For example, at one of the universities, it says that passive bilingualism is a condition of tenure.
Other parents believe that bilingualism is more advantageous or just have a desire for their children to hold onto their own culture.
Language of service poses less of a problem for business, because good business sense and self interest make it clear that, at least for consumer-oriented firms, bilingualism is necessary.
Individual bilingualism is the competence acquired by some people in English and French.