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Volume 28, Issue 1


Participant- and discourse-related code-switching by Thai—English bilingual adolescents

Supamit Chanseawrassamee
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  • Senior Lecturer of English at TOT Academy, TOT Corporation Public Company Limited (formerly, Telephone Organization of Thailand).
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/ Sarah J. Shin
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  • Associate Professor of Education and Co-Director of the M. A. Program in ESOL/Bilingual Education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
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Published Online: 2009-02-10 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mult.2009.003


This paper attempts to show ways in which two Thai brothers (aged 9 and 13) living temporarily in the United States, employ bilingual code-switching to organize their conversation. Using the sequential analysis developed by Auer (1984, 1995), this paper describes how the two boys employ code-switching to negotiate the language for the interaction and accommodate the language competences and preferences of conversational participants, as well as to organize conversational tasks such as turn-taking, preference marking, repair, and bracketing of side-sequences. The sequential analysis suggests that code-switching is used by the two boys as an additional communicative resource to achieve particular conversational goals.

Keywords:: bilingual adolescents; bilingual code-switching; conversation analysis; discourse-related code-switching; Thai—English bilingualism; participant-related code-switching

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Address for correspondence: TOT Academy, TOT Corporation Public Company Limited, 174 Ngamwongwan Road, Nonthaburi 11000, Thailand.

Address for correspondence: Department of Education, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD21250, USA.

Published Online: 2009-02-10

Published in Print: 2009-02-01

Citation Information: Multilingua - Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, Volume 28, Issue 1, Pages 45–78, ISSN (Online) 1613-3684, ISSN (Print) 0167-8507, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mult.2009.003.

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