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The use of two or more languages or markedly different varieties of a language in a single social interaction: "He chatted with taxi drivers and strangers about the drenching humidity or about which restaurants were good, casually code-switching to Taiwanese for jokes, Mandarin for information, and English for translation and one-word exclamations" (Ken Chen).

code′-switch′ v.
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Speakers tend to codeswitch between the two languages.
Reduced linguistic displays includes asking students and parents to speak only English or denying students the ability to codeswitch between languages, which limits their capacity to convey subject matter knowledge (Pollard, 2002).
Even minority languages such as Assyrian are maintained as participants in digital chat rooms codeswitch to strengthen their cultural identity.
Tickets for Rugby World Cup 2015 go on general sale tomorrow, a month before rugby league superstar Burgess left) makes his codeswitch and joins Bath.
Most of our respondents identified their argot terms thizz and stunners with the common term Ecstasy, and we suspect that if asked to report their use of Ecstasy, they would similarly codeswitch (as indeed we assume they did in responding to our brief survey).
In so doing, she invokes the relationship of women friends who speak Standard English in public or at work, but who use slang and codeswitch in intimate personal conversations (see Houston 2000: 14; Garner & Rubin 1986: 42).
The purpose of the switch is revealed in the very shift from ordinary oratory to the familiar and familial tones of the alternative form: The codeswitch to Black Speak signals that the orator is "breaking down" mainstream statements to authenticated "truths" related to the realities of Black cultural consciousness.
An interesting example of a codeswitch is provided at the beginning of "N' accordo in fa.
Although this recommendation has been largely implemented, there are still some classes in government primary schools where teachers either codeswitch between English and Setswana or still teach elementary classes in Setswana (Nyati-Ramahobo, 1999:131).
We hear developing metalanguage which equips students with the skills to read the context accurately and codeswitch between the dialects.
Convergence occurs more frequently than codeswitching when children have fewer interactions in Spanish and more interactions in English as compared to their peers who codeswitch more frequently.