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The most common combination in bilingualism

asked 2015-03-19 13:27:08 -0400

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Dear Sir/Madam

I was looking for some sort of chart, showing which are the most common combination of languages among bilingual people worldwide. But I did not find any information about this topic. It would be great if you could give me some advise where to look. Or maybe you will tell me that this kind of research does not exist.

Thank you.

Yours Sincerely

Jana Reilová

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answered 2015-03-20 03:59:38 -0400

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updated 2015-03-21 03:41:05 -0400

I am not aware of any research on the question that you ask. One reason could well be that governmental authorities in officially monolingual countries deem information about languages other than the official language irrelevant, or threatening integrity of ‘one country-one language’ ideologies. For example, recent research by Mark Sebba notes that “The 2011 UK Census was the first decennial census ever to ask a question about language in England”, a country where multilingualism is well attested otherwise. The pre-print article, which includes reference to other countries, is at

Madalena Cruz-Ferreira

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