Volume 4, Issue 3, May 2016, Page: 122-127
Social Factors for Code-Switching-a Study of Malaysian-English Bilingual Speakers
Marzieh Hadei, School of Humanities, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia
Vigneswari Christie Kumar, School of Humanities, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia
Koik Shuh Jie, School of Humanities, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia
Received: Apr. 19, 2016;       Accepted: Apr. 29, 2016;       Published: May 17, 2016
DOI: 10.11648/j.ijll.20160403.15      View  9431      Downloads  379
The study reported in this paper concentrates on the factors motivating code-switching within the social context of Malay-English bilingual speeches. Information for the survey was collected by means of transcribing different short video clips in Malay-English conversations. In the current study, the data were analysed within the sketch of Malik’s framework [22] to find the social factors and social dimensions of code-switching parts. The finding of the study revealed that ‘show identity’ is the most frequent reason for motivating the speakers to switch languages. Information gained from the study will help provide insight on why Malaysian-English bilingual speakers use code-switching in their conversations.
Code-Switching, Social Factors, Bilingual Speaker
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Marzieh Hadei, Vigneswari Christie Kumar, Koik Shuh Jie, Social Factors for Code-Switching-a Study of Malaysian-English Bilingual Speakers, International Journal of Language and Linguistics. Vol. 4, No. 3, 2016, pp. 122-127. doi: 10.11648/j.ijll.20160403.15
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