[ kohd-swich-ing ]
/ ˈkoʊdˌswɪtʃ ɪŋ /
Linguistics. the alternating or mixed use of two or more languages, especially within the same discourse: My grandma’s code-switching when we cook together reminds me of my family's origins. Bilingual students are discouraged from code-switching during class.
Sociolinguistics. the use of one dialect, register, accent, or language variety over another, depending on social or cultural context, to project a specific identity: Politicians use code-switching on the campaign trail to connect with their audience.
the modifying of one's behavior, appearance, etc., to adapt to different sociocultural norms: For many female Muslim students, code-switching from their home environment to that of school requires forgoing the hijab.
What Is Code-Switching?Code-switching means "the modifying of one's speech, behavior, appearance, etc., to adapt to different sociocultural norms." So, why do we do it?
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- code napoléon,
- code of hammurabi,
- code word,
Origin of code-switching
First recorded in 1955–60
Also called code-shift·ing [kohd-shif-ting] /ˈkoʊdˌʃɪf tɪŋ/.
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