Some Code-Switching Practices in Port Harcourt: Code-Switching as a Linguistic Resource

By K U Ihemere.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Code-switching is regarded by most researchers as an intricate and complex mode of discourse, one with several rules that govern its use. These regulations are not only grammatical; but social, and linguists have started to explore the depths of this phenomenon and its implications, not only for the study of bilingualism, but also to further our understanding of social and communicative interactions among various sets of people. This paper aims to catalogue and present some instances of how Port Harcourt Ikwerre-Nigerian Pidgin English (NPE) bilinguals employ code-switching as a linguistic resource for realizing particular communicative goals.

Keywords: Bilingualism, Code-switching, Communicative Goals, Discourse Functions, Interaction, Linguistic Resource

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp.181-194. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 800.465KB).

Dr. K U Ihemere

Senior Lecturer, Department of English and Linguistics, University of Westminster, London, UK

I work as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English and Linguistics at the University of Westminster. I was educated at the University of Newcastle, UK where I took an MA and PhD degree in English Language and Linguistics. My research interests are in Pidgin and Creole linguistics, the analysis of conversational code-switching in bilingual communities, and corpus linguistics - especially problems of bilingual spoken corpora, bilingual education and cross-cultural pragmatics.

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