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.
Penelope Gardner-Chloros is Lecturer in the School of Languages, Linguistics and Culture, Birkbeck College, University of London.
'The volume does remind us that sociolinguistics has long been convinced that language can tell us something not only about specific social phenomena, but also about the big questions of how cognition, interaction and social structuration are linked.' Journal of Sociolinguistics '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, sciencedirect.com