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Bri ([personal profile] brillando) wrote2009-11-01 11:51 am
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CALLING ALL BILINGUALS! I know there's a few of you on my flist, I think... lol

I have an essay due this Wednesday for my Language, Society and Culture class, and one of the prompts I can write about requires asking a bilingual person a few questions. Of course, there are other prompts I could use, but I'd really like to do this one preferably, so if you could do this for me I would GREATLY appreciate it!

Though, if you do, I'll need your real name - or at least a pseudonym that sounds real, just so I can refer to what you say in the essay itself. If you're not comfortable with that, then don't volunteer.

Here are the questions:

1. What circumstances led you to becoming bilingual?

2. At what ages or in what contexts were the different languages acquired?

3. Which of the languages do you still use today?

4. In what contexts do you use each language? (For example - use 1 at home, use 1 at school)

5. Have there been changes in your ability or use of either of the languages over time? What caused those changes?

6. How do you feel about your bilingualism - are you glad to be bilingual, is it a burden to you, or is it simply a fact of life?

7. My name is:

Comments are screened for privacy. Thank you SO MUCH if you decide to do this for me, I'll really owe you!

[identity profile] xenoamorist.livejournal.com 2009-11-01 08:12 pm (UTC)(link)
Stable or unstable bilingualism?

[identity profile] jetaimerai.livejournal.com 2009-11-01 08:16 pm (UTC)(link)
Someone who speaks 2 or more languages natively. The prompt doesn't clarify whether the person should be equally proficient in both, however.

[identity profile] xenoamorist.livejournal.com 2009-11-01 08:23 pm (UTC)(link)
Hmm. I'm unstably bilingual in English and Mandarin; my first language was technically Mandarin, but I'm far more proficient in English than in Mandarin, although I know enough Mandarin to survive. So I would be able to answer your survey?

[identity profile] jetaimerai.livejournal.com 2009-11-01 08:27 pm (UTC)(link)
I think that could work just fine, as long as you explain that in 5. :)