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Bilingualism as Interactional Practices

Joseph Gafaranga


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? H ... More

Keywords: Bilingualism, Multilingualism, Code-switching, Language alternation, Language choice, Interactional practice, Speech representation, Conversational repair, Appositive structures

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780748675951
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748675951.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph Gafaranga, author
University of Edinburgh