bidialectalism

noun

bi·​di·​a·​lec·​tal·​ism ˌbī-ˌdī-ə-ˈlek-tə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce bidialectalism (audio)
: facility in using two dialects of the same language
also : the teaching of Standard English to pupils who normally use a nonstandard dialect
bidialectal adjective

Word History

First Known Use

1958, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bidialectalism was in 1958

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“Bidialectalism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bidialectalism. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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