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Deuchar, Margaret. Questioning Assumptions In Code-Switching Research

Despite more than 40 years of code-switching (CS) research there is still considerable disagreement on some of the most basic notions on which competing theories depend. In this talk I will attempt simultaneously to introduce beginners to the field and encourage seasoned CS researchers to questions some of their tacit assumptions. I will do this by focusing on conflicting meanings of the term 'switch', on disparate views as to the role of linguistic integration in CS, and on the little explored issue of the role of community norms in establishing CS patterns. [...]
Poplack, Shana. Code-Switching

Vídeo em Português

No outcome of language contact has attracted more attention than code-switching. Literally thousands of publications have been devoted to it over the last fifty years. But there’s still no consensus on what a code-switch is, let alone what rules constrain it, whether they are universal, language-specific or community-specific etc. or whether code-switching alters the structure of the languages involved. Shana Poplack researched on how bilingual speakers combine languages spontaneously in the course of their everyday interactions. With systematic quantitative analysis of large scale bilingual corpora she tried to understand why there is so much controversy concerning code-switching.

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