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First published in Multilingual Magazine, by Jeannette Stewart. If you want to translate this or other Multilingual articles, please click here.
Communities don’t just spring into life with thousands of members and well-defined goals and the resources to implement them. Communities grow from modest beginnings, morphing and taking on their own identity as they evolve. There are no end of communities out there in the world in many divergent forms. We could examine any of them, but our findings would be retrospective. Fortunately, however, in our language community, we have a newly-formed community that makes an ideal case study to help us understand just how the processes of development can start and take shape.