language shift

Stan-sandy Anonby stan-sandy_anonby at
Wed Aug 1 19:48:34 UTC 2007

Hi All,

I just thought of something, and wonder if anyone has any comments:

I'm with Christina Bratt-Paulston that societal bilingulism is unusual, and that the tendency is to shift to monolingualism in the dominant language.

I'm also with Joshua Fishman, who says the bulk of humanity has always been bilingual. 

So, how do we reconcile these seemingly contradictory statements? 

Maybe it is the norm for human societies to be in language shift.

Stan Anonby

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