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FYI: New List/Code-Switching

Author: Celso Alvarez Caccamo

FYI Body: Hello,

I would like to announce the creation of a new mailing list called The
Code-Switching Forum. I decided to start the list after receiving a
number of messages with queries and research questions on
code-switching which I either don't know how to answer or I don't have
the time to. The code-switching list is unmoderated, and subscription
to it is very simple: just send a blank message to
code-switching-subscribe@egroups.com . You'll receive a confirmation
message, and you're on.

I believe a number of new interesting questions are being raised
recently in the study of language alternation and related phenomena,
but, to my knowledge, no specific list on code-switching exists. Lots
of people work on what is diversely being called "code-switching", and
raise their questions in various lists. The Code-Switching Forum tries
to fill this gap and bring researchers, students and onlookers

Here is a fuller description of the list. Please distribute this
information widely. Thank you,

Celso Alvarez Cáccamo Tel. +34 981 167000 ext. 1888
Linguistica Geral, Faculdade de Filologia FAX +34 981 167151
Universidade da Corunha lxalvarz@udc.es
15071 A Corunha, Galiza (Espanha) http://www.udc.es/dep/lx/cac/


The Code-Switching Forum is an unmoderated list for the discussion of
alternation of linguistic varieties (commonly called "code-switching"),
bilingual conversation and related phenomena. Topics of interes
include (but are not restricted to):

-the definition of "code" itself
-the definition and characterization of "code-switching" itself
-"code" and linguistic variety; "code-switching" and
language alternation
-the relations between language alternation and other
interlingual phenomena
-bilingual conversation in general
-new trends in the study of language alternation
-codes, varieties and contextualization
-codes, indexicality and identity
-language alternation and conversational organization
-language alternation in literature and song
-code-switching and macro-sociolinguistic processes
-data gathering, transcription and interpretation
-universality and particularities of language

The Code-Switching Forum welcomes discussion, queries, information,
and materials. Materials and documents can be uploaded to The
Code-Switching Forum "vault", a
http://www.egroups.com/docvault/code-switching . The "vault" has a
20MB capacity. Please use HTML or PDF formats when possible.

The Code-Switching Forum has no official or preferred language for messages.

To subscribe, send a blank message to:

Upon subscription, please wait for a few days until lots of people
jump on to the wagon, and then please introduce yourself to the list.

Thank you,

The Forum manager,
Celso Alvarez-Cáccamo

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