My name is Celso Alvarez Cáccamo (or Alvarez-Cáccamo in the
Anglo style). I am from Galiza, in northwest Spain. One of
my research interests is so-called "code-switching" as a
device to recontextualize talk. In this sense, some of my
work has dealt with Galizan-Portuguese/Spanish conversation.
If I use quotation marks over "code-switching" is because
I believe that the notion -- or host of them -- is still far
from having a commonly accepted sense. To me, much of
code-switching research has overemphasized the structural
aspects over the interactional ones, based
on a questionable identification between "codes" and
linguistic varieties. I think some current lines of research
(grammatical, anthropological, semiotic) are hinting at
questioning seriously the scope of "code-switching" and its
relations with other (supposedly interlingual) phenomena and
with the notion of grammar itself. However, I am not sure where
this convergence will lead to, and perhaps this forum will
help us understand this question better. Since we probably
come from very different disciplinary perspectives, we
perhaps need to first find a common ground as to what is
theoretically significant in so-called "code-switching".
For example, some ascribe to a lexicalized version of the
term, "codeswitching", and this choice may even have the
theoretical import of attempting to delimit the phenomenon
as a clearly identifiable object.
Celso Alvarez Cáccamo Tel. +34 981 167000 ext. 1888
Linguística Geral, Faculdade de Filologia FAX +34 981 167151
Universidade da Corunha lxalvarz@...
15071 A Corunha, Galiza (Espanha) http://www.udc.es/dep/lx/cac/
Let me introduce myself. I’m Czeslaw, 33, a father of bilingual
children: Tony (almost 3) and Maja (6). Recently started working on BA
thesis entitled (just a draft title): Code switching patterns among
Polish/English bilinguals: case study of 3 years old and 6 years old
siblings. Am hoping to find many interesting materials and topics in
the group's archive and also to get in touch with other people
interested in that phenomenon.
Czeslaw A. Liebert