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Code-switching

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  • Date Published: July 2009
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521681131

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  • It is quite commonplace for bilingual speakers to use two or more languages, dialects or varieties in the same conversation, without any apparent effort. The phenomenon, known as code-switching, has become a major focus of attention in linguistics. This concise and original study explores how, when and where code-switching occurs. Drawing on a diverse range of examples from medieval manuscripts to rap music, novels to advertisements, emails to political speeches, and above all everyday conversation, it argues that code-switching can only be properly understood if we study it from a variety of perspectives. It shows how sociolinguistic, psycholinguistic, grammatical and developmental aspects of code-switching are all interdependent, and findings in each area are crucial to others. Breaking down barriers across the discipline of linguistics, this pioneering book confronts fundamental questions about what a 'native language' is, and whether languages can be meaningfully studied outside of the individuals who use them.

    • Provides a summary of the main work on code-switching in all the relevant fields
    • Establishes for the first time an integrated, multidisciplinary perspective on the subject, encouraging a comparative approach
    • Contains examples from numerous language combinations and bilingual communities
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    • Date Published: July 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521681131
    • length: 254 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Code-switching and language contact
    3. Social factors in code-switching
    4. Code-switching in conversations
    5. Grammatical aspects of code-switching
    6. Psycholinguistic approaches
    7. Acquiring code-switching: language mixing in children and L2 learners
    8. Conclusions.

  • Author

    Penelope Gardner-Chloros, Birkbeck College, University of London
    Penelope Gardner-Chloros is Lecturer in the School of Languages, Linguistics and Culture, Birkbeck College, University of London.

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