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It is quite commonplace for bilingual speakers to use two or more languages, dialects or varieties in the same conversation, without any apparent effort. The phenomenon, known as code-switching, has become a major focus of attention in linguistics. This concise and original study explores how, when and where code-switching occurs. Drawing on a diverse range of examples from medieval manuscripts to rap music, novels to advertisements, emails to political speeches, and above all everyday conversation, it argues that code-switching can only be properly understood if we study it from a variety of perspectives. It shows how sociolinguistic, psycholinguistic, grammatical and developmental aspects of code-switching are all interdependent, and findings in each area are crucial to others. Breaking down barriers across the discipline of linguistics, this pioneering book confronts fundamental questions about what a 'native language' is, and whether languages can be meaningfully studied outside of the individuals who use them.

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Well, I think this book helps me to understand that exist plenty of information related to code-switching, nonetheless there aren't enough consistency among linguists, and it is quite confusing to define precisely and accurately the issue. anyway, I am still reading it and eventually, it could pave the way for more things to look for at the future

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Book Summary: The title of this book is Code-switching and it was written by Penelope Gardner-Chloros. This particular edition is in a Paperback format. This books publish date is Jul 20, 2009 and it has a suggested retail price of $45.00. It was published by Cambridge University Press and has a total of 254 pages in the book. The 10 digit ISBN is 0521104157 and the 13 digit ISBN is 9780521681131. To buy this book at the lowest price, Click Here.