Bilingual Interactions: A conversation borrowed from the Linganth e-mail list. Thanks to all the participants! Q: What do you/we call it when a conversation unfolds in which Speaker A speaks to Speaker B in one language (X-ish), and Speaker B responds in another (Y-ish)? The assumption is that both speakers have at least some passive competence in the other’s language. And do you know of any scholarship on this phenomenon? Rudolf P. Gaudio ——— This practice has been advocated by some policymakers in Catalonia over the last couple decades, since autonomy was established in 1979. I wrote about it as