ERIC Number: ED363125
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
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Children's Code Switching in Group Conversations.
Jorgensen, J. N.
There is a growing tendency to accept that schools can teach the concept of code switching in language awareness programs, and this has been done in Denmark, to an extent, for a decade or so. This research studied code switching as an interpersonal power tool in two minority children who participated in a longitudinal study of the bilingual development of Turkish children in Denmark. Conversations between three or four children, alone in a classroom and engaged in a school-like task, were recorded. Contributions of each child were isolated and transcribed. Through four stages, data show that: (1) code switching used as a power tool appears as word play; (2) in real power struggles the leader divides and conquers and weaker children adopt switching to the "we" code; (3) a wide range of strategies is employed by more advanced children; and (4) the relationship between the "we" code and "they" code becomes complicated. It appears that even successively bilingual children acquire code switching skills for purposes of social control, and do so at a younger age than expected. (Contains 13 references.) (Author/JP)
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Children, Code Switching (Language), Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Foreign Countries, Group Discussion, Individual Power, Interpersonal Communication, Interpersonal Competence, Language Research, Longitudinal Studies, Social Control, Tape Recordings, Turkish, Uncommonly Taught Languages
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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