Code Switching and Code Mixing

Before explaining how the terms of code-switching and code-mixing are used, what they mean, let’s have a look at the history of the term of code-switching.   Where does the term of code-switching come from? The first one introducing the metaphor of a language switch, i.e. the changing from one language to another during a conversation, […]

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Code switching, what to do, when should I worry?

This is one of the questions I get asked frequently: When should I worry when my children do code switching? First of all, the term code switching is widely used as an umbrella term for using different languages in the same sentence, alternating them to some extent. It is not to be confused with borrowing, […]

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