Code-switching as a communication, learning, and social negotiation stategy in first-year learners of Danish

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The term code-switching is used in two related, yet different fields of linguistics: Second Language Acquisition and bilinguals studies. In the former code-switching is analyzed in terms of learning strategies, whereas the latter applies the competence view.The present paper intends to detect the borderline between the two concepts by investigating the use of code-switching in first year learners of Danish.Our study points out that code-switching appears as a skill used in early attempts of playing with the languages involved in the conversation (Danish/English and Danish/Polish/German/English). Thus we have to acknowledge code-switching as an increasingly sophisticated language skill even at an early stage of SLA.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Applied Linguistics
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)23-53
Number of pages31
Publication statusPublished - 2003

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