bidialectalism

noun
bi·​di·​a·​lec·​tal·​ism | \ ˌbī-ˌdī-ə-ˈlek-tə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce bidialectalism (audio) \

Definition of bidialectalism

: facility in using two dialects of the same language also : the teaching of Standard English to pupils who normally use a nonstandard dialect

Other Words from bidialectalism

bidialectal \ ˌbī-​ˌdī-​ə-​ˈlek-​tᵊl How to pronounce bidialectalism (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of bidialectalism

1958, in the meaning defined above

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“Bidialectalism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bidialectalism. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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