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Categorization of Bilingualism/Multilingualism

For many people the term bilingual seems to be easy to be defined: Being 'truly' bilingual means for them, being capable of speaking two languages (e.g. the predominant language L1 of the area or country, where the person lives and an additional language L2) like a native speaker. But as there are various kinds of bilinguals and multilinguals, it is necessary to develop a clear categorization. Unfortunately, the following terms are not uniformly used within the scientific community. I tried to use what I thought is kind of mainstream.

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