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Are the vast majority of Ukrainians more proficient in Russian than Ukrainian?

After researching this a bit, I'm posting an answer to my own question, but I want to say that I welcome more answers, especially if they bring other pieces of evidence. A 2008 Gallup poll asked ...
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Can you have two first languages?

Since "first language" is not a technical concept of linguistics, feel free to say you have two first languages. Although linguists may use the expression, we often feel a bit uncomfortable ...
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Are the vast majority of Ukrainians more proficient in Russian than Ukrainian?

Looking at this from a software developer's perspective, there's a significant factor here that you may have overlooked. Translating a program or a website is a significant amount of work, testing, ...
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Does a coherent sentence which is a cross language homophone exist?

Since you only want a limited number of examples, I figure that one will do. There is a known wordplay between an Italian sentence, and a somewhat contrived Latin sentence, which are spelled the same ...
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Are the vast majority of Ukrainians more proficient in Russian than Ukrainian?

The answer is certainly no. We cannot say that this is true for the "vast" majority (say 80%), but maybe this is 50/50. In the south and east, people speak better russian due to their roots (...
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Does a coherent sentence which is a cross language homophone exist?

One internet-famous example is between Japanese and Polish. daisuki (大好き): I like [it, you, him…] a lot daj suki: give [me] the bitches Both are reasonably coherent sentences, if short. Without ...
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Term for conversation where each person speaks a different language, while understanding each other

One standard term is receptive multilingualism, which can be via the oral medium or the written medium (or of course, both). One definition: This particular description fits the person who ...
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Does a coherent sentence which is a cross language homophone exist?

There is an entire work, named 'Mots d'heure: Gousses, Rames', qui est le réinterpretionde 'Mother Goose Rhymes' en français. Pas un traduction, mais phonétiquement transmogrifié à mots français qui, ...
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Does a coherent sentence which is a cross language homophone exist?

There is an old joke: 'What is the motto of the French Navy? "A l'eau, c'est l'heure!" ("to the water, it's time!" in French, but read similarly to "'Allo, sailor"). As tradition dictates, I'll get ...
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Simultaneous bilingualism vs Sequential bilingualism

Simultaneous and sequential bilinguals differ in regards to the time a second language was introduced, but it does not necessarily determine which language will become dominant. Assuming both ...
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Simultaneous bilingualism vs Sequential bilingualism

Assuming the existence of a critical period in life to learn a language that extends from early childhood to puberty and affects both the acquisition of the first language and the acquisition of the ...
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Do bilinguals have smaller vocabularies in each language than monolinguals?

From Bialystok’s overview paper Bilingualism: the good, the bad, and the indifferent: “It is now well documented that bilinguals generally control a smaller vocabulary in each language than ...
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Can you have two first languages?

Yes. The phenomenon is known as "bilingual first language acquisition". See for instance https://repositories.lib.utexas.edu/handle/2152/22711
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Is it possible to become truly Native Level in a secondary language?

This question is of course a very well-studied one, but with a very important caveat that is revealed in the wording of your question: "Native Level" is a poorly defined concept. But you do refer to ...
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Can you have two first languages?

In families of emigrants it is not uncommon that parents talk with their child in their native language that is then learned to a degree expected from that age. However when the child starts going to ...
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Does a coherent sentence which is a cross language homophone exist?

I've wondered this myself! I think you are probably right that it is quite uncommon for meaningful sentences in different languages to be completely homophonous, especially if you take the more ...
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Does a coherent sentence which is a cross language homophone exist?

There are a couple of examples of homophonic English/Hindi sentences in Shashi Tharoor's book, The Great Indian Novel. There was a cold day. → darwaza khol de. (Tr. Open the door.) There was a banned ...
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Simultaneous bilingualism vs Sequential bilingualism

If we are to compare between a person who went through simultaneous bilingualism and another one who went through sequential bilingualism, we'd be better off starting with their main characteristics: ...
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Is there a general list of words that second language speakers find 'sticky' and forget to translate?

There is some research in bilingualism and code switching dealing with such phenomena. The main thing is that code switching is not just random or arbitrary but does follow some rules. For example, I ...
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Where can I find a set of Spanish-English comparable texts? ***(Not translations)***

The starting point for a corpus search is the Virtual Language Observatory by the European CLARIN ERIC. Entering the words English Spanish comparable corpus in the search slit gives nine results, ...
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Do grammatically close languages tend to begin to use literal translations of some words in other senses in that other language?

This obviously happens, but it's not necessarily from grammatically similar languages, rather from culturally close or simply influential ones. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calque In linguistics, ...
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Is bilingualism a normal/an "intrinsic" human ability or did it become more common in modern times?

The ability "evolved" a really long time ago (100 KYA or more) when people evolved the ability to learn language at all, and when more than one language existed. We have had the ability to ...
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Can you have two first languages?

My uncle married a Canadian woman, (my family is Swedish). My cousins grew up always speaking english to their mother and swedish to their father (their mother understands swedish but prefers not ...
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Where can I find a set of Spanish-English comparable texts? ***(Not translations)***

Try here: Menu of free parallel texts Spanish English. (But these texts would not be as carefully controlled as you asked.)
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Simultaneous bilingualism vs Sequential bilingualism

In my experience the better speaker is the simultaneous bilingualism. When the child acquires 2 languages simultaneously being raised by bilingual parents. I know there are many articles that support ...
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Simultaneous bilingualism vs Sequential bilingualism

Regarding the discussion I think that the simultaneous bilingualism refers to a person that learns two languages or more at the same time. For example, I am Basque and in the Basque country we speak ...
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Do natively bilingual people have accents in one or both of their languages?

Anecdotally, no (but research does concur with my account, for example the Handbook of Bilingualism has many relevant chapters). I have been raised a native Hindi and English speaker from birth, and ...
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simultaneous bilingualism

Roy Major, who was a student of David Stampe at Ohio State, did a phonological analysis of Roy's child as it simultaneously learned English and Portuguese. I think I read a version of his MA thesis, ...
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Simultaneous bilingualism vs Sequential bilingualism

I think you are right in your approach when you say that depending when you acquire the second language you will have different types of bilingual (simultaneous or sequential). Anyway, in the cases ...
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Simultaneous bilingualism vs Sequential bilingualism

I have read some articles about this different ways of acquisition, so I can say that simultaneous acquisition differs on the sequential in the way that the children starts to use one language more ...
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