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Code‐switching, preference marking and politeness in bilingual cross‐generational talk: Examples from a Chinese community in Britain

Li, Wei (1995) Code‐switching, preference marking and politeness in bilingual cross‐generational talk: Examples from a Chinese community in Britain. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development 16 (3), pp. 197-214. ISSN 0143-4632.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01434632.1995.9994600

Abstract

This paper deals with two related research questions: (1) how an understanding of the meaning of bilingual code‐switching can be achieved, and (2) how speakers with very different abilities in and attitudes to the languages communicate with each other in close and informal encounters. Drawing examples from the Tyneside Chinese community in the North East of England, a sequential analysis of conversational code‐switching by speakers of different generations is presented. Particular attention is paid to the marking of preference organisation in bilingual cross‐generational family talk. The meaning of code‐switching is interpreted with reference to the participants’ own consideration of the communicative and social consequences, along the lines of Brown & Levinson's ‘politeness’ theory.

Item Type: Article
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Applied Linguistics and Communication
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2012 08:45
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:23
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/4882

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