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ERIC Number: EJ1093365
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Mar
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0167-8507
Conversations about Code-Switching: Contrasting Ideologies of Purity and Authenticity in Basque Bilinguals' Reactions to Bilingual Speech
Lantto, Hanna
Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, v35 n2 p137-161 Mar 2016
This study examines the manifestations of purity and authenticity in 47 Basque bilinguals' reactions to code-switching. The respondents listened to two speech extracts with code-switching, filled in a short questionnaire and talked about the extracts in small groups. These conversations were then recorded. The respondents' beliefs can be characterized as considerably ambiguous. They see code-switching as an undesirable form of speech and as a threat to Basque. However, they admit using it in informal contexts. Although the respondents prefer the "pure" form of Basque without code-switching, and some of them favor translation as an alternative strategy, purity is not considered authentic or even possible in situations such as peer-group interactions. Furthermore, code-switching is interpreted differently according to the linguistic background of the speaker: if the speaker is considered a native speaker of Basque, code-switching is seen as natural, whereas in the speech of a non-native speaker it is considered to reflect a lack of competence in Basque.
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