The rehabilitation of code-switching

Joseph Gafaranga

in Bilingualism as Interactional Practices

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print December 2016 | ISBN: 9780748675951
Published online September 2017 | e-ISBN: 9781474430463 | DOI:
The rehabilitation of code-switching

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Research in code-switching, undertaken against the backdrop of very negative attitudes towards the concurrent use of two or more languages within the same conversation, has traditionally been geared towards rehabilitating this form of language use. From being seen as a random phenomenon reflecting the user’s lack of competence, code-switching is currently seen as sign of an advanced level of competence in the languages involved and as serving different interactional functions. This chapter discusses in some detail the research effort which has led to the rehabilitation of code-switching, with a special focus on studies conducted from a socio-functional perspective. Key paradigms in this perspective are covered, including Gumperz’ interactional sociolinguistics model, Myers-Scotton’s markedness (rational choice) model and Auer’s and Gafaranga’s conversation analytic model of code-switching. In turn, this overview of existing research serves as a context for the challenge the study of code-switching is face with, namely that of its continued relevance.

Keywords: Rehabilitation of code-switching; Functions of code-switching; Socio-functional perspective; Code-switching; Interactional Sociolinguistics; Marked model; Conversation analytic model

Chapter.  10247 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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