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Re: code-switching (was: Re: The Conlang Instinct)

From:Grandsire, C.A. <grandsir@...>
Date:Tuesday, December 7, 1999, 7:53
Nik Taylor wrote:
> > What I find most fascinating about code-switching to me is the seemingly > random nature. I remember hearing my Arabic-speaking neighbor on the > phone in such phrases like "[Arabic] over the holidays [Arabic] next > September" or something along those lines. Sometimes I wonder if when > I'm around he uses more Arabic than when I'm not there ... :-) >
In France, most Arabic-speaking people very often code-switch. Code-switching appears very consistently when they use numbers, or name the day in the calendar. Apparently words for politeness ("merci", "s'il-vous-plait", etc...) also always appear in French... as well as insults! :) Interesting...
> -- > "Old linguists never die - they just come to voiceless stops." - > anonymous > > > ICQ: 18656696 > AIM Screen-Name: NikTailor
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