Publication Date

12-2-2016

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Adams-Campbell, Melissa

Degree Name

B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)

Department

Department of English

Abstract

Language is as much a form of communication as it is a form of identity. This research focuses on Latino interactions where code-switching is used, revealing who the characters are and what is significant to them. I analyzed when and how often characters turned to CS during their interactions, so that I would understand why. I learned that CS occurs in between languages and dialects. CS, then, isn't only used by speakers who include multiple languages in each sentence; it is also used when we change the tone of our speech. It's important to recognize that CS is not a sign of ignorance but rather of inclusion. A character’s decision to jump from one world to another is a representation of their closeness to the community. By intertwining his/her native and learned tongues, the character could belong both here and there without having to choose one world over the other.

Extent

27 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

Rights Statement

In Copyright

Rights Statement 2

NIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.

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Text

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