Code-switching by Penelope Gardner-ChlorosCode-switching by Penelope Gardner-Chloros


byPenelope Gardner-Chloros

Paperback | July 20, 2009

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It is quite commonplace for bilingual speakers to use two or more languages, dialects or varieties in the same conversation, without any apparent effort. The phenomenon, known as code-switching, has become a major focus of attention in linguistics. This concise and original study explores how, when and where code-switching occurs. Drawing on a diverse range of examples from medieval manuscripts to rap music, novels to advertisements, emails to political speeches, and above all everyday conversation, it argues that code-switching can only be properly understood if we study it from a variety of perspectives. It shows how sociolinguistic, psycholinguistic, grammatical and developmental aspects of code-switching are all interdependent, and findings in each area are crucial to others. Breaking down barriers across the discipline of linguistics, this pioneering book confronts fundamental questions about what a 'native language' is, and whether languages can be meaningfully studied outside of the individuals who use them.
Title:Code-switchingFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:254 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.51 inShipping dimensions:8.98 × 5.98 × 0.51 inPublished:July 20, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521681138

ISBN - 13:9780521681131


Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Code-switching and language contact; 3. Social factors in code-switching; 4. Code-switching in conversations; 5. Grammatical aspects of code-switching; 6. Psycholinguistic approaches; 7. Acquiring code-switching: language mixing in children and L2 learners; 8. Conclusions.

Editorial Reviews

'This excellent and engaging book is prefaced by a version of the Indian (or perhaps ultimately Chinese) story in which a number of blind men grasp different parts of an elephant (the trunk, the tail, the tusk), thus reaching divergent conclusions about the beast's salient characteristics. Penelope Gardner-Chloros uses this history to illustrate her sense that the concept of code-switching (CS) is understood and operationalised rather differently by scholars and researchers approaching it from various angles (formal linguistics, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics).' Brian Poole,