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[code-switching] code switching and folk linguistics

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  • MTAREK@aucegypt.edu
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 29, 2000
      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.

      Muhammad Al-Sharkawi
      Nijmegen
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