A linguistic playground: A case study of trilingual code-switching

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Damirgi, Aynur
Code-switching (Linguistics)--Case studies; Multilingualism--Case studies;
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This study investigates effects of trilingualism on code-switching based on recorded conversations of family members of three different generations in a trilingual household. The qualitative and quantitative analysis of code-switches that involved Arabic, English, and Turkmani (a dialect of Turkish) revealed that, though code-switching involving three languages occurred, bilingual code-switching was more common. Turkmani seemed to be the dominant language of all participants, except the youngest, and Arabic was the least used language. This study also revealed the interesting effect of having an agglutinative language involved (Turkmani) in the language cocktail of the home. Finally, the background and language competence of participants influenced the amount and types of code-switching used, as well as the languages they used most frequently.