LINGUIST List 29.1397

Fri Mar 30 2018

Books: Plurilingual Code-Switching between Standard and Local Varieties: Gotti (ed.), Selvaggi

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Date: 26-Mar-2018
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Subject: Plurilingual Code-Switching between Standard and Local Varieties: Gotti (ed.), Selvaggi
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Title: Plurilingual Code-Switching between Standard and Local Varieties
Subtitle: A Socio-Psycholinguistic Approach
Series Title: Linguistic Insights
Published: 2018
Publisher: Peter Lang AG

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Author: Dino Selvaggi
Editor: Maurizio Gotti
Hardback: ISBN: 9783034326636 Pages: 371 Price: Europe EURO 52
Hardback: ISBN: 9783034326636 Pages: 271 Price: U.K. £ 43
Hardback: ISBN: 9783034326636 Pages: 271 Price: U.S. $ 62.95

This book presents a comparative study on plurilingual code-switching (CS) in Italy, Croatia and Scotland-UK, based on Italian in contact with four standard varieties (Spanish, English, Philipino and Croatian) and five non-standard varieties (Arbereshe, Occitan, Calabrese, Istrovenetian and Chakavski).

It intends to fill a gap in the literature by proposing an interdisciplinary perspective, as most studies are concentrated on bilingual CS and are grounded just in one approach (mostly sociolinguistic or psycholinguistic); it also presents a new mixed key for CS data analysis, going beyond the traditional neat dichotomies defining CS as «acceptable or grammatical vs unacceptable or ungrammatical».

A brand-new model, the Integrated Model of Plurilingual Code-Switching (IMPCS), which recommends the use of five-graded scales in informants’ judgments, is proposed. It includes socio-psycholinguistics (social status and prestige of the languages in contact, official status of minority language, symmetrical/bi- or pluridirectional or asymmetrical/unidirectional kind of contact, language mode, claimed CS practice, explicit attitudes and acceptability judgements) and lexicalist variables.

Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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