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    #1

    This situation is the familiar one of bilingualism

    I don't know what "This situation is the familiar one of bilingualism" means, especially "familiar" and how the previous part and the later part are related to each other by this sentence. What do you think?

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    ex)Arguments about the need for national or cultural identity are often seen as being oppsed to those about the need for mutual intelligibility. But this is misleading. It is perfectly possible to develop a situation in which intelligibility and identity happily co-exist. This situation is the familiar one of bilingualism - but a biligualism where one of the languages within a speaker is the global language, providing access to the world community, and the other is a well-resourced regional language, providing access to a local community...And it is because the functions are so different that a world of linguisitic diversity can in principle continue to exist in a world united by a common language.

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    Re: This situation is the familiar one of bilingualism

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    I don't know what "This situation is the familiar one of bilingualism" means, especially "familiar" and how the previous part and the later part are related to each other by this sentence. What do you think?

    pr31
    ex)Arguments about the need for national or cultural identity are often seen as being oppsed to those about the need for mutual intelligibility. But this is misleading. It is perfectly possible to develop a situation in which intelligibility and identity happily co-exist. This situation is the familiar one of bilingualism - but a biligualism where one of the languages within a speaker is the global language, providing access to the world community, and the other is a well-resourced regional language, providing access to a local community...And it is because the functions are so different that a world of linguisitic diversity can in principle continue to exist in a world united by a common language.
    It's poorly written IMO. Where is it from?

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    Re: This situation is the familiar one of bilingualism

    From a preparation material for university entrance exam in Korea. I don't know where it's originally from.
    Can you guess what the writer was originally trying to say by inferring from the whole context?

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    Re: This situation is the familiar one of bilingualism

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    From a preparation material for university entrance exam in Korea. I don't know where it's originally from.
    Can you guess what the writer was originally trying to say by inferring from the whole context?
    It's very muddled, but he seems to be saying that even if everyone in the world speaks a universal language for international communication, it doesn't stop people from communicating in their own language on a local level.

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