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  • Silvina Faure
    Dec 6, 2004
      Hi everyone!
      My name is Silvina. I live in Argentina and I am a teacher of English. I'm very interested in Lingüistics and I'm planning to take up a postgraduate course on that.
      I've read Zahra's mail looking for information on code-switching. As far as I know - and speaking from a personal perspective as well - when an individual is bilingual he/she attaches a particular language to specific domains. When dealing with feelings and personal issues, the mother tongue is likely to come up as the best vehicle to deal with these. Therefore, two people can work together and use their second language as the language of work, but switch to their mother tongue when they are having a more intimate conversation. From my personal experience, it wouldn't cross my mind to use English with my children when we are having a personal conversation, it would be impersonal and less sincere. Therefore, I only do so for casual chit chat. The same applies to diglossic situations, for example, in Paraguay Spanish is used in educational and official contexts, whereas jokes and family talk - the type of interaction that aims at strengthening social bonds - takes place in Guaraní. I think this is so because language is so inextricably linked to culture and to identity. Well, hope to read what others have to say,
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Zahra Amirian
      To: code-switching@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Sunday, December 05, 2004 6:18 PM
      Subject: [code-switching] code switching

      Hello there,
      I am a PhD student studying TEFL. Next Monday, I have a lecture on "code switching and language contact". It was fascinating to me to find such a site. but unfortunately I couldn't get any articles from this site . Specially, I need information about psychological aspect of code switching. Would you please help me? I will be so thankful.
      Thanks in advance.
      I'm eagerly waiting for the response.

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