Definition of code-switching in English:

code-switching

Syllabification: code-switch·ing

noun

Linguistics
  • The practice of alternating between two or more languages or varieties of language in conversation: the conversational code-switching of the German-American bilingual community
    More example sentences
    • Another interesting trend in the interviews was that several children naturally used code-switching (Korean to English or vice versa) during the picture book reading interactions with their mothers.
    • Widespread code-switching often indicates greater or less shift towards the more dominant of the two languages.
    • Because of code-switching, it seems unlikely that a colloquial variety of English alone will develop.

Derivatives

code-switch

verb
More example sentences
  • Before reaching full proficiency in L2, English-speaking teachers would have to code-switch between English and L2 in the classroom.
  • Note that she code-switches, depending on who she's talking to.
  • As demonstrated in this exchange, both the students and the teacher code-switched between Spanish and English in the ELD classes.

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