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The Manifestation of Code Switching Among 3 Year-Old Yoruba/English Semilinguals

1. Akinkurolere Susan Olajoke (Corresponding author); 2. Abuya, Eromosele John
1. 1 Department of General Studies, Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, Ondo State Nigeria 2 Department of English, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife Osun State, Nigeria; 2. Department of General Studies, Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, Ondo State Nigeria
Abstract :
Communication is the most symbolic function of language. Hence, The present study 
explored the manifestation of code switching with reference to ten selected 3 year- old school 
children .Code switching as a sociolinguistic phenomenon has been studied by various 
scholars but efforts have not been made to assess its manifestation among school children in 
the context of Yoruba/English. The Yoruba language serves as the children first language and 
the English language serves as the second language (L2). The children at this acquisition age 
code-switch for diverse reasons and these showed that the manifestation of code switching at 
this age is distinct from that of adult since the children are at the language acquisition stage. 
With a critical focus, the paper presents appealing case studies and analysis that are useful in 
gaining deeper insights into reasons that make code switching as a linguistic phenomenon an 
unavoidable ornament in the beautification process of language learning of children known as 
language acquisition. 
Keywords :
communication, language, semilingualism, codeswitching, acquisition, bilingualism, codemixing, mother tongue

Date Deposited : 25 Apr 2014 14:39

Last Modified : 25 Apr 2014 14:39

Official URL: http://www.macrothink.org/journal/index.php/ijele/article/view/3340/2804

Volume 1, Number 1, - 2013 , ISSN 2325-0887

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