A review of code switching: theories and concepts

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The issue of code switching is still debating and hot topic in multilingual environment as well as in bilingual society. The main purpose of this study is to review and compare alternative explanations, identify peculiarities and common features of the following terms like code switching, code mixing, language interference, language transfer and language alternation. Then summarize their usage frequency in linguistic and sociolinguistic aspects. The research presented in this study also aims to critically analyze and evaluate previous researches on code switching made in national and international level from various perspectives. The findings will make an important contribution to the field of foreign and second language acquisition.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)from 59 - to 66
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Foreign Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics
VolumeVolume 5
Issue numberNumber 1, Spring issue
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • codeswitching, code mixing, language interference, language alternation, language transfer, matrix and embedded language theory.

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