Functions of Code Switching in Schoolchildren's Conversations

  title={Functions of Code Switching in Schoolchildren's Conversations},
  author={Iliana Reyes},
  journal={Bilingual Research Journal},
  pages={77 - 98}
  • Iliana Reyes
  • Published 1 April 2004
  • Psychology
  • Bilingual Research Journal
Abstract This study examined the code-switching patterns in the speech of immigrant Spanish-speaking children. Seven- and 10-year-old boys and girls from bilingual classrooms were each paired with a mutually selected friend, and their speech was collected in two contexts: while the children waited for an expected science experiment and when they worked together to follow an instruction worksheet about hands-on magnetic materials. This study presents data on the discourse characteristics of… 
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