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Code Switching
An overview of the linguistic concept known as code switching.
# 106929 | 3,665 words | 15 sources | APA | 2008 | US
Published on Aug 17, 2008 in Linguistics (General)

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This paper discusses how the term code switching" is actually used to describe those cases wherein a bilingual speaks to another bilingual with the same linguistic background and changes from one language to another in the course of conversation. It provides an overview of the grammar of code switching, some constraints associated with the concept, a description of the quantitative and qualitative differences that affect language acquisition and use, and the code-switching differences between children and adults. A critical review of the peer-reviewed and scholarly literature to this end is followed by a summary of the research and salient findings in the conclusion.

Review and Discussion
Grammar of Code Switching
Constraints of Code Switching
Language Acquisition: Quantitative vs. Qualitative Differences
Children vs. Adult Code Switching
Social Factors and Code Switching

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bakker, P. (1997). A language of our own: The genesis of Michif, the mixed Cree-French language of the Canadian Maetis. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Bialystok, E., & Hakuta, E. (1994). In other words: The science and psychology of second- language acquisition. New York: Basic Books.
  • Blake, M. E., & Van Sickle, M. (2001). Helping linguistically diverse students share what they know. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 44(5), 468.
  • Blanc, M. H., & Hamers, J. F. (2000). Bilinguality and bilingualism. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • Byram, M. (2001). Routledge encyclopedia of language teaching and learning. London: Routledge.

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