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Bilingualism as Interactional Practices$
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Joseph Gafaranga

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780748675951

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748675951.001.0001

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Language choice and speech representation in bilingual interaction

Language choice and speech representation in bilingual interaction

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(p.73) 4 Language choice and speech representation in bilingual interaction
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Bilingualism as Interactional Practices
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Joseph Gafaranga

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748675951.003.0004

Research in code-switching, undertaken against the backdrop of very negative attitudes towards the concurrent use of two or more languages within the same conversation, has traditionally been geared towards rehabilitating this form of language use. Now that code-switching has been rehabilitated, the research tradition faces an entirely new challenge, namely that of its continued relevance. This book argues that, in order to overcome this challenge, research should aim to describe specific interactional practices involving the use of two or more languages and outlines a methodology for doing so. This chapter illustrates this methodology by means of a specific case study. In the chapter, the interaction practice of speech representation in talk in two languages is described. It is shown that, in talk in two languages, language choice in the interactional site of speech representation follows a three-path map: language choice may be an incidental aspect, it may be as a supportive aspect and it may be the depictive element in speech representation.

Keywords:   Speech representation, Language choice, Talk in two languages, Language choice as an incidental aspect, Language choice as a supportive aspect, Language choice as a depictive aspect

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