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Code Switching and Mixing

Code switching and code mixing are terms used in linguistics, sociolinguistics, anthropology, and Speech–Language pathology to describe the phenomenon that takes place when an individual uses more than one language or dialect while communicating. Code switching and mixing can take place in a variety of places during the communication event, and the ability requires a skilled level of command of both codes. Code switching and mixing happens for different reasons and may be used by children and adults alike. Speech–language pathologists need to be aware of these facts along with the social and political implications of code switching and mixing so they can provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services.

The code is the language or dialect and switching and mixing refers to the fact that more ...

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