A Case Study of Code-switching in a City of East China

Xiaoping Jie

Abstract


This study attempts to observe how natives of different age groups in a city of south-east China switch between Putonghua (Mandarin Chinese), the H language variety, and the local dialect, the L variety, the linguistic features of different CS patterns, and the function of the H variety in conversation. Topics of the participants’ conversations ranged from family to friends, neighbourhood, games, movies, computers and business. Data analysis shows that the participants mainly use the local dialect and Putonghua in their daily conversation, while English and other dialects in China like Cantonese and Dongbeihua(Dialect in north-east China) are also used.

Keywords


code-switching; language variety; Putonghua

Full Text:

PDF

References


Brice, A. (2000). Code switching and code mixing in the ESL classroom: A study of pragmatic and syntactic features. Advances in Speech Language Pathology. Journal of the Speech Pathology Association of Australia, 20(1), 19-28.

Kamwangamalu, N. M. (1992). Mixers and mixing English across cultures. World Englishes, 11(2/3), 173-181.

Myers-Scotton, C. (2001). Code-switching. In F., Coulmas (Ed.), The Handbook of Sociolinguistics, pp. 217-237. Beijing: Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press.

Pan, Y. (2000). Code-switching and social change in Guangzhou and Hong Kong. International Journal of Sociolinguistics, 146(2000), 21-41.

Reyes, I. (2004). Functions of Code Switching in Schoolchildren’s Conversations. Bilingual Research Journal, 28(1). Retrieved January 29, 2005 from http://brj.asu.edu/content/vol28_no1/art5.pdf.

Romaine, S. (1989). Bilingualism. Oxford, UK: Blackwell.

Wardhaugh, R. (2001). An introduction to sociolinguistics. Beijing: Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press.

Wu, Yi’an. (1985). Code-mixing by English-Chinese bilingual teachers of the People’s Republic of China. World Englishes, 4(3), 303-317.

Yu, G. [于国栋].(2001). Pragmatic study of code-switching [语码转换的语用学研究]. (Found in China National Library).




DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.30605/ethicallingua.v4i1.294

Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.

Article Metrics

Abstract view : 100 times
PDF - 93 times



Copyright (c) 2017 Xiaoping Jie

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

ISSN 2540-9190 (Online) * ISSN 2355-3448 (Print)