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Code-switching and code-mixing in Welsh bilinguals' talk: Confirming or refuting the maintenance of language boundaries?
Linköping University, Department of Culture and Communication, Language and Culture. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2010 (English)In: Language, Culture and Curriculum, ISSN 0790-8318, E-ISSN 1747-7573, Vol. 23, no 3, 179-197 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article closely examines the bilingual talk emerging from informal discussions among young people attending a bilingual school in Wales. In contrast to the common focus on issues of bilinguals' linguistic competence in the literature, this paper advocates a speaker's perspective and considers bilingualism to be the sedimentation of social and linguistic practices of bilinguals, where code-alternation is often prevalent. Using a conversation analytic approach to code-switching, I distinguish between two different kinds of code-alternation: unmarked code-mixing and marked code-switching on the basis of speakers' own orientations. When these bilinguals speak Welsh, for most of the time the language boundary between Welsh and English is only loosely maintained. However, on occasion code-switching is used as a meaning-making resource, e.g. for the purpose of quoting others. It is this marked code-switching that requires bilinguals to separate and distinguish between the two language mediums, and thereby also maintain the language boundary. At the same time, these findings disclose a gap between informal language practices and the ideological insistence on maintaining strict language boundaries, for example, in educational contexts.

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London: Routledge , 2010. Vol. 23, no 3, 179-197 p.
Keyword [en]
code-switching, code-mixing, bilingualism, language practices, language ideology, conversation analysis, Welsh
Keyword [sv]
kodväxling, tvåspråkighet, språkliga praktiker, språkideologi, samtalsanalys, walesiska
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General Language Studies and Linguistics General Language Studies and Linguistics Specific Languages Pedagogy
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-62714DOI: 10.1080/07908318.2010.515993ISI: 000283881000003OAI: diva2:374150
Available from: 2010-12-02 Created: 2010-12-02 Last updated: 2010-12-18

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