keeping abreast of; How loosely applaible?

Picky Pen

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Somewhere in my essay it goes as follows:

There is a shared assumption that English is estranging people from their own languages, inclining them to subordinate it to English. Even so commonly held seems a flawed assumption in view of the fact that the extent to which most non-natives literally need to learn English barely surpasses the commonplace, daily level of communication, and thus, cannot keep abreast of their mother languages, in that sense.
My Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary loosely allows this ,at least as far as i see, saying:
abreast: ... 2. up to a particular standard or level
before narrowing it down:
especially of knowledge or recent developments.
In hope of finding a similar statement I came across the following example, flipping through the web pages:
The Japanese video game industry has certainly failed to stay abreast of its western rivals on the technological front.
The GuardianJul 17, 2013
Now, could mine be right too?

many thanks in advance:)
  • sound shift

    Senior Member
    English - England

    "Keep abreast of their mother languages" doesn't make sense to me, I'm afraid. "Keep abreast of" implies that there are changes happening. How could a person not keep up with changes in his/her native language?
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