Definition of code-switching in English:

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code-switching

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
  • Rather than choose constant code-switching without translation into English, she simply allows in her writing what linguists call interference.
  • Another of her interests is bilingualism and code-switching among bilinguals.
  • Because of code-switching, it seems unlikely that a colloquial variety of English alone will develop.

Derivatives

code-switch

verb
Example sentences
  • In terms of usage, younger speakers code-switch less frequently than the oldest generation.
  • Strong evidence of this can be found in the frequency with which polylinguals who share a birth tongue other than English voluntarily code-switch to English (a phenomenon I have often observed personally).
  • 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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Syllabification: code-switch·ing

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