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LINGUIST List 19.248

Mon Jan 21 2008

FYI: Code Switching Across Cultures

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        1.    Shamala Paramasivam, Code Switching Across Cultures

Message 1: Code Switching Across Cultures
Date: 19-Jan-2008
From: Shamala Paramasivam <shamalafbmk.upm.edu.my>
Subject: Code Switching Across Cultures
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Scholars of code switching, code mixing, language choice and related areas
are invited to submit papers to a collection of essays that will serve as
an academic resource book to be titled as 'Code switching across cultures'.
The book is intended to display code switching from a cultural perspective.
The focus of the book is on issues in code switching in communication
within and between cultures. The literature shows that expressions of code
switching in communication are not random; expressions of code change in
any kind of communication including intracultural and intercultural
communication are functional.

This book is concerned with a variety of issues including but not limited
to the topics below:

- Functions of code switching
- Code switching and human rights
- Code switching and relative power
- Code switching and politeness
- Attitudes towards code switching
- Perceptions towards code switching
- Impact of code switching on language and language use

Papers (written in English) on both spoken and written communication are
welcome. Papers may explore code change in various genres of communication
such as meetings, negotiations, casual talk, service exchange, counseling,
group discussions, classroom teaching, speeches, interviews, workplace
interaction, training sessions, briefings, and so forth. Papers exploring
code switching in the media are also welcome such as in movies, talk shows,
radio shows, emails, internet chats etc.

There is no word length. 6000 - 10 000 words would be a rough guide but we
are not too strict about this. The papers, on the other hand, should be
current, in-depth, based on extensive corpus, display sound methodology,
and be grounded in theory. Papers should include an abstract of 200-300
words (single spaced), and the paper itself should be prepared in double
spacing using MS Word format, Times New Roman, font size 12.

Submissions should contain a cover page:

Title of paper
Name(s) of author(s)
Contact Address
Contact Email
Contact Tel Number

Papers can be emailed to:


Shamala Paramasivam (PhD)
Dept of English
Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication
University Putra Malaysia, 43400, UPM Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia



Paramasivam Muthusamy (PhD)
Dept of Foreign Languages
Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication
University Putra Malaysia

Deadline for submission of papers is 31 August 2008.

However papers will be reviewed on an ongoing basis (as and when they are
received). Authors will be notified on the status of their papers 3-4 weeks
after receipt of the papers. We hope to get the book published by December

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Discipline of Linguistics; Discourse Analysis

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