Studies on Slavonic and Non-Slavonic Languages in Contact
Language Proficiency, Bilingualism, and Translation Studies
The paper deals with several problems of contact linguistics considering them mostly on the examples of the Russian language in Israel. Cases of diglossia based on ethno-cultural dualism are described. It is supposed that three groups of bilinguals can be singled out: foreign language speakers, immigrant language speakers, and heritage language speakers. The first differs from the others by the type of language acquisition. Finally, the interrelation between bilingualism and translation skill is considered. It is stated that special studies are demanded to develop native and natural heritage speakers to real professional translators.
1. What does it mean to know a language?
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