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Title: Languages in contact in Malta
Authors: Aquilina, J.
Keywords: Bilingualism -- Malta
Linguistic change -- Malta
Issue Date: 1978
Publisher: University of Malta
Citation: Aquilina, J. (1978). Languages in contact in Malta. Journal of Maltese Studies, 12, 45-62.
Abstract: The Maltese people may not be bi-lingual or multi-lingual to the extent of some of the inhabitants of Swiss cantons, but the Maltese have their own type of bilingualism, and, in some cases, also tri-lingualism. By 'bilingualism' or 'multilingualism' for Malta there are two or more languages used alternately by different speakers generally in different social contexts, one of which is primary (the native language); and the other is secondary - as a rule a foreign language (in our case either English or Italian or both - tri-lingualism). Languages in contact inevitably affect one another in several ways and at different levels. Therefore, in this article the author focuses on the languages used in Malta and how these languages have conditioned present day language habits.
Description: Lecture delivered on 19th April 1976 to participants attending the Conference on Bilingualism and Education with special reference to Malta.
Appears in Collections:JMS, Volume 12
JMS, Volume 12

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