Taking taxonomy seriously in linguistics: Intelligibility as a criterion of demarcation between languages and dialects

  title={Taking taxonomy seriously in linguistics: Intelligibility as a criterion of demarcation between languages and dialects},
  author={Marco Tamburelli},


Uncovering the ‘hidden’ multilingualism of Europe: an Italian case study
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Defining Multilingualism
  • J. Cenoz
  • Linguistics
    Annual Review of Applied Linguistics
  • 2013
This article looks at the definitions and scope of multilingualism and the different perspectives used in its study. Multilingualism is a very common phenomenon that has received much scholarly