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Title:Digging deep into IsiZulu-English code-switching in a peri-urban context
Authors:Ndimande-Hlongwa, Nobuhle
Ndebele, Hloniphani
Year:2014
Periodical:Language Matters: Studies in the Languages of Africa (ISSN 1753-5395)
Volume:45
Issue:2
Pages:237-256
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:codeswitching
Zulu language
English language
Link:https://doi.org/10.1080/10228195.2014.910248
Abstract:This article provides an overview of the social and cultural functions and motivations of IsiZulu-English code-switching among speakers living in Inanda, Ntuzuma and KwaMashu (hereafter INK) in eThekwini (Durban), in the province of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa). Following C. Myers-Scotton (1993), code-switching is defined as the mixing of different codes by speakers in the same conversation and this switch may take place at any level of language differentiation (languages, dialects, styles/registers). Until recently, code-switching and code-mixing were seen as evidence of internal confusion, the inability to separate two languages sufficiently to warrant the description of true bilingualism (Lipski 1985). The article discusses the social functions of code-switching among isiZulu speakers; demonstrates the different types of code-switching in a peri-urban setting; and describes the factors that trigger code-switching. It also provides an argument that code-switching is not a result of bilingual incompetence but rather a complex process that requires a great amount of skill in both languages involved, as well as being a social and culturally motivated phenomenon. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]
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