I have seen that some questions have the tag: . I'm am wondering whether that makes sense at all. As far as I understand it, it is to indicate someone with two native languages.

But I think that tag will be hard to find for askers, simultaneous is misleading, and I am not sure there is a need for a specific tag for that.

  • Simultaneous Bilingualism is a specific phenomenon, and probably deserves its own tag, for questions about this phenomenon. Why do you think it's confusing?
    – Flimzy
    Commented Apr 21, 2016 at 23:06
  • Fair enough, learned something new. The confustion comes from the fact that simultaneous refers to the acquisition and not the bilingualism, which is, in itself, simultaneous. Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 5:00
  • Perhaps it's a confusing term... but at this point it is a fixed term, and I think we're pretty powerless (in the grand scheme of things) to change it.
    – Flimzy
    Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 15:41
  • Since the tag is useful, should we also add sequential-bilingualism?
    – Tsundoku Mod
    Commented Oct 26, 2016 at 14:28
  • @ChristopheStrobbe you should probably ask a separate question, not sure people will see that comment on a post that is a few months old. Commented Oct 26, 2016 at 18:39

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Simultaneous Bilingualism is a very specific term who's meaning is mistaken for a lot of the site's function: Being proficient in more than one language.

The more accurate terminology to fit your description is [simultaneous-acquisition]: acquiring 2+ languages at the same time.

We need to clarify (via a helpful comment) and edit out those tags in favour of another if the tag is mistaken.

  • As much as I don't like the term, it is actually a specific expression indicating when a child learns two languages in parallel, from birth. So it isn't a meta tag for all we do, as most of our questions are about acquiring a L2, L3, etc. at older age (compared to birth). Commented May 3, 2016 at 5:51
  • @bilbo_pingouin thanks for clarifying: see my update
    – Quill
    Commented May 3, 2016 at 6:02

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