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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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Summary and conclusion

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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. From being seen as a random phenomenon reflecting the user’s lack of competence, code-switching is currently seen as sign of an advanced level of competence in the languages involved and as serving different interactional functions. However, as a result of its success, the research tradition now faces an entirely new challenge: Where to from here? How can research in code-switching continue to be relevant and interesting now it has largely achieved its original purpose? This book has argued that, in order to overcome this challenge, the notion of bilingualism itself must be redefined. Bilingualism must be seen as consisting of diverse interactional practices and be investigated as such. This book has made the case for this new approach, outlined a methodology for investigating bilingualism as interactional practices and illustrated it by means of three case studies. This concluding chapter wraps up the argument and invites other researchers to contribute to this new research direction.

Keywords:   Negative attitudes, Rehabilitating, Interactional functions, Interactional practices

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