Code-switching: A Case Study of Kurdish-German Pre-school Bilingual Children by Baban MohamedCode-switching: A Case Study of Kurdish-German Pre-school Bilingual Children by Baban Mohamed

Code-switching: A Case Study of Kurdish-German Pre-school Bilingual Children

byBaban Mohamed

Paperback | May 26, 2014

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The state of acquiring more than one language as a child or an adult is not the exception; it is rather an everyday reality for a quite substantial part of today’s society. This book explores the phenomenon of code-switching within the field of child bilingualism from both linguistic and sociolinguistic perspectives. Based on collected data from Kurdish-German pre-school bilingual children in Austria, this empirical study aims at giving an analysis of linguistic and extra-linguistic factors that constrain child code-switching. The book shows specific interest in practices of code switching and mixing as displayed by Kurdish subjects of the study and in how far these can be sufficiently explained by existing models of (adult) bilingual language behavior. The results clearly show that code-switching can be related to the identity and characteristics of the speakers or to aspects of their social life, and that it can be subconsciously used to manage conflict when different languages are associated with different roles in a community.
Baban Mohamed studied English Language and Literature at the University of Sulaimania (Kurdistan Region of Iraq) and English Studies (General/Applied Linguistics) at the University of Salzburg (Austria). His research interests are in the areas of bilingual acquisition, child code-switching and sociolinguistics.
Title:Code-switching: A Case Study of Kurdish-German Pre-school Bilingual ChildrenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8.27 × 5.83 × 0.68 inPublished:May 26, 2014Publisher:Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3631646836

ISBN - 13:9783631646830

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Table of Contents

Contents: Language acquisition and bilingualism – Monolingual vs. bilingual acquisition – Balanced bilingualism – Semilingualism – Code-switching – Types of code-switching – Constraints on code-switching – Myers-Scotton: Matrix Language Frame Model – Functional factors on code-switching – Kurdish immigrant community – Phrasal structure in Kurdish – Pro-drop/Null-subject parameter – Kurdish-German intrasentential code-switching – Home language – Markedness model.