Frequently Used Terms on the biling-fam Mailing List
- ML@H, also mL@H, MLaH, etc.: Minority language at home.
Using the minority language, which is to say the language not spoken
in the community, at home to create a bilingual environment for the
- OPOL: One Parent, One Language. Each parent uses his or
her native language when speaking to the children, to create a
bilingual environment for the children.
- m=X, M=Y: The lowercase m means minority language, the
uppercase means the majority (community) language. So "m=English,
M=Norwegian" means the person in question is part of a family that
uses English, living in a Norwegian language environment. It doesn't
say whether that person is himself/herself a native English speaker or
not, nor does it tell what sort of bilingual pattern the family uses.
Many list members use this code in their signatures, and everyone is
encouraged to do so.