Codeswitching: Alternating between Japanese and English in Bilingual Interaction
Date: Saturday, February 19th, 2005 Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Speaker: Tim Greer
When people who regularly use two languages are speaking together, they often alternate back and forth between the two in a kind of mixed speech that is known as codeswitching. Based on a corpus of forty hours of natural interaction video-recorded among bilingual Japanese teenagers in an international school, this presentation will focus on the way that blending languages helps them accomplish a multiethnic identity. The study employs the ethnomethodological discipline of Conversation Analysis to examine codeswitching from the participants' point of view. The session will examine one sequence of bilingual interaction in detail, using it as a springboard to discuss the socio-pragmatic functions of codeswitching in a variety of contexts.
Organization: Okayama Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Okayama JALT)
Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1000 yen; students 500 yen
Venue: Okayama Sankaku building near Omotecho in Okayama city
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