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Title: Beyond "Contextualization" : code-switching as a "Textualization Cue"
Authors: Chan, B
Keywords: Code-switching
Contextualization
Contextualization cue
Entextualization
Pragmatics
Textualization cue
Issue Date: 2004
Source: Journal of language and social psychology, 2004, v. 23, no. 1, p. 7-27 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of Language and Social Psychology 
Abstract: Contextualization cue seems to be the one notion that has been unanimously accepted in recent literature on the pragmatic motivations of code-switching. This article argues that in view of the wealth of new data analyzed the original conception of contextualization cue can no longer be taken for granted. In particular, it is argued here that code-switching does not necessarily "index" or "signal" certain contextual presuppositions. In addition, some instances of code-switching do not seem to be contextualization cues at all. It is then suggested that code-switching is better characterized as a "textualization cue": The speaker hints that the listener has to interpret the forthcoming message somewhat differently. Finally, the implications of this analysis, in particular the full range of possible meanings conveyed pragmatically by code-switching, will be discussed.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/9489
ISSN: 0261-927X
DOI: 10.1177/0261927X03260806
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