Therefore, its definition has developed from establishing that a bilingual person
is someone who has a native-like control of two languages (Hamers & Blanc as cited in Alarcon, 2002), to seeing bilinguals as those who can use properly two or more languages, and that can reflect their linguistic competences in the communicative process (Genesee & Nicoladis, 2006).
Because a bilingual person
has mastery of two languages, and the languages are activated automatically and subconsciously, the person is constantly managing the interference of the languages so that she or he doesn't say the wrong word in the wrong language at the wrong time.
"Some researchers have argued convincingly that living as a bilingual person
and having to switch languages unconsciously to respond to the linguistic context in which the communication is taking place increases cognitive flexibility," Nadig added.
Considering the statistics, most libraries would benefit from having a bilingual person
In the monolingual language mode, a bilingual person
partially deactivates one language, whereas in the bilingual language mode, a base language is chosen, the other language is activated and called on in the form of code-switches and borrowings.
Depending on what the brain needs, those narrow spaces can function with either eye "much like a bilingual person
living near the border of two countries," explains Sponsel.
We adopt Elisabeth Ahlsen's definition: "a bilingual person
is someone who knows two languages and is able to keep them apart" (121).
The underlying mechanism for the bilingual advantage may be the constant need in a bilingual person
to selectively activate one language and suppress the other, which may lead to a better development of executive functions and attentional tasks, the authors wrote in a paper published online Nov.
How does a bilingual person
maintain stable use of a word when it has different meanings in each language?
As a bilingual person
, I find it very difficult to imagine a monolingual's mind.
* Code, or language, switching occurs when an individual who is bilingual alternates between two languages during his/her speech with another bilingual person
. A person who is bilingual may be said to be one who is able to communicate, to varying extents, in a second language.