Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Code Switching and borrowing

Code switching refers to a situation in which a speaker uses a mixture of distinct language varieties as discourse proceeds. It can often happen within a single-sentence. Some speakers mix distinct languages, a situation often arises in bilingual or multilinguals.


It's now ocho y media (eight-thirty) on a Saturday night, and we're gonna hear a new artist con (with) his new group. You're tune in with la maquina ritmica.

Borrowing occurs when speakers of one language borrow words from another language, the foreign words come to be used as regular vocabulary items.



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