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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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This language awareness was also demonstrated in the way the participants could codeswitch (Malcolm, 2001), that is move between their different dialects and languages according to their audience and situation (e.g., I speak to my family a lot different to my mates...
Now that's no longer the case, Durrant has the choice of a codeswitch that has been long discussed.
Most participants in both groups are linguistic straddlers who codeswitch according to the circumstances.
Speakers tend to codeswitch between the two languages.
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.
use of marijuana, these participants would be able to codeswitch, or translate from argot to survey language, and report their marijuana use as intended.
(Ibid.) 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.
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).