[code-switching] code switching and folk linguistics
- It is interesting that all of us, who work on code switching, have
been interested mainly in the purely linguistic and structural aspects of this
rather undefined phenomenon. We neglect the folk aspect of it: that is,
code-switching is something that people resort to intentionally. They
chose to do it. But why do they do that? the answer might lie in the fact
that they imagine switching leads them to acheiving a certain goal. Switching
itself, is a matter of folk choice: people chose to resort to a certain
language when they want to code-switch in vocabulary, for example.
Hence, it is interesting that people make these collective decissions about
when to switch, and how to switch, and why to switch. They also make the
decission that some certain linguistic behavior is switching while others are
not. These choices and decissions might not correspond to the ideas of
linguists and psycholinguists about what the boundries a of a language are.