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    Code-switching and multilingualism in literature

    Gardner-Chloros, Penelope and Weston, D. (2015) Code-switching and multilingualism in literature. Language and Literature 24 (3), pp. 182-193. ISSN 0963-9470.

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    Code-switching in spoken modes has now been studied fairly extensively and is better understood at the conversational as well as the grammatical level. However, interest in written code-switching has developed more slowly and is still represented mainly in relation to specific periods, such as the Classical period and the medieval period, where a large number of works have now appeared. Linguists have questioned to what extent the models developed for spoken code-switching can be applied to writing, and a fortiori to literary writing. This introductory article reviews the main types of literary multilingualism and the main functions of code-switching within it. We conclude that there is at least a partial – and not inconsiderable – overlap between the functions of code-switching in spoken and written modalities.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Code-switching, conversational code-switching, multilingual literature, translingualism
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2015 11:44
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:36


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