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One Speaker, Two Languages

Code-switching - the alternating use of several languages by bilingual speakers - does not usually indicate lack of competence on the part of the speaker in any of the languages concerned, but results from complex bilingual skills. The reasons why people switch their codes are as varied as the directions from which linguists approach this issue, and raise many sociological, psychological, and grammatical questions. This volume of essays by leading scholars brings together the main strands of current research in four major areas: the policy implications of code-switching in specific institutional and community settings; the perspective of social theory on code-switching as a form of speech behaviour in particular social contexts; the grammatical analysis of code-switching, including the factors that constrain switching even within a sentence; and the implications of code-switching in bilingual processing and development.
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1. Introduction Lesley Milroy and Pieter Muysken; Part I. Code-Switching in Institutional and Community Settings: 2. Bilingual speech of migrant people Louise Dabene and Daniele Moore; 3. Code-switching in the context of dialect/standard language relations Anna Giacolone-Ramat; 4. Code-switching in community, regional and national repertoires Penelope Gardner-Chloros; 5. Code-switching in the classroom Marilyn Martin-Jones; Part II. Code-Switching and Social Life: 6. The pragmatics of code-switching Peter Auer; 7. A social network approach to code-switching Lesley Milroy and Li Wei; 8. Code-switching and the politics of language Monica Heller; Part III. Grammatical Constraints on Code-Switching: 9. Code-switching and grammatical theory Pieter Muysken; 10. Patterns of language mixture Shana Poplack and Marjory Meechan; 11. A lexically based production model of code-switching Carol Myers-Scotton; Part IV. Code-Switching in Bilingual Development and Processing: 12. A psycholinguistic approach to code-switching Francois Grosjean; 13. Code-switching in bilingual first language acquisition Regina Koeppe and Jurgen M. Meisel; 14. The code-switching behaviour of adults with language disorders Kenneth Hyltenstam; Conclusion; 15. Code-switching research as a theoretical challenge Andree Tabouret-Keller.

About the Author

Pieter Muysken is Professor of Linguistics at Radboud University Nijmegen, after previously teaching at the universities of Amsterdam and Leiden. His specialism is language contact and he does research in the Andes, the Caribbean and the Netherlands.


"...brings together an excellent representative collection of theoretical essays on bilingual code-switching...the breadth of the research areas...makes this volume worthwhile reading...a valuable collection." Rocky Mountain Review "...this volume represents an excellent state of theart overview of recent theoretical approaches to code switching from several different perspectives. Any linguist interested in the way bilinguals mix languages would benefit from reading it." Richard Nivens, Notes on Linguistics "...comprehensive coverage of such a complex field of inquiry...It presents a clear step forward." Journal of Linguistic Anthropology

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