oa Alternation - Exploring identity through code-switching: a poststructuralist approach

Volume 11, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



The use of a particular language variety in the creation, negotiation and reflection of one's identity has been topical in Sociolinguistics for some time. In this article, I focus on code-switching (CS) and its impact on the construction of identity. CS can be traced as far back as the nineteenth century in the Cape Peninsula (McCormick 1989) and is a commonly observed language contact phenomenon in post-apartheid South Africa. Simply stated, this linguistic phenomenon refers to the use of two or more languages by bilingual speakers in the same conversation or conversational turn.

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