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ERIC Number: EJ938066
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0167-8507
Social Factors for Code-Switching in Tunisian Business Companies: A Case Study
Baoueb, Lamia Bach
Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, v28 n4 p425-458 Nov 2009
Although the literature on CS between Arabic and French in different bilingual speech communities is wide, few studies have dealt with the Tunisian context and no previous work has ever been done on the Tunisian business sector as a specific group using more than one pair of languages to communicate. This case study investigates the variety of languages chosen in two Tunisian businesses, focusing mainly on the social constraints on CS between Arabic (Modern Standard Arabic and Tunisian Arabic), French and English. Moreover, it presents the complex linguistic situation in terms of the different motivations for CS between in-group members and also with foreign colleagues and clients. The findings are generated from the recorded data of conversations, observations, interviews, and questionnaires conducted inside the businesses.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Tunisia