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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 conversational repair in bilingual interaction

Language choice and conversational repair in bilingual interaction

(p.95) 5 Language choice and conversational repair in bilingual interaction
Bilingualism as Interactional Practices

Joseph Gafaranga

Edinburgh University Press

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. The chapter describes the interactional practice of conversational repair in bilingual interaction. Two research questions are raised: (a) where in the repair sequence can language alternation occur and (b) what does language alternation do when it occurs in repair sequences. It is shown that language alternation interacts with repair organisation in two ways. Either language alternation is the focus of conversational repair or it is an additional resource for the organisation of conversational repair.

Keywords:   Conversational repair, Repair sequence, Language alternation, Repair organisation, Additional resource

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