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Code-switching in the speech of Spanish-English bilinguals


2004 2004

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Abstract (summary)

The purpose of this study is the investigation of (a) the motivations for code-switching; and (b) the process by which bilinguals perceive code-switching as meaningful. The empirical basis for the study is data gathered from Spanish-English bilinguals in the U.S.

The results suggest that the motivations for code-switching and the conversational functions that code-switching often serves are the same. Speakers code-switch because doing so allows them to convey some meaning beyond the information contained in the proposition of an utterance.

The author proposes that the communicative value of code-switching among balanced bilinguals can be explained in relation to Grice's (1975) cooperative principle. The cooperative principle is composed of five maxims, rather than the original four, which are: Quantity, Quality, Relation, Manner, and Mode. The maxim of Mode directs speakers to use a single linguistic code for any given social event, and to use the linguistic code that is most appropriate for the given social situation.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Linguistics
Classification
0290: Linguistics
Identifier / keyword
Language, literature and linguistics
Title
Code-switching in the speech of Spanish-English bilinguals
Author
Rauschuber, Brianna Grohman
Number of pages
66
Publication year
2004
Degree date
2004
School code
2502
Source
MAI 43/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
Advisor
Stvan, Laural Smith
University/institution
The University of Texas at Arlington
University location
United States -- Texas
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1421300
ProQuest document ID
305057470
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305057470
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