Code-switching and borrowing in Irish
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|Title:||Code-switching and borrowing in Irish||Authors:||Hickey, Tina||Permanent link:||http://hdl.handle.net/10197/4792||Date:||4-Nov-2009||Abstract:||An increase in code-switching is one of the signs that a minority language is coming under pressure from a majority language. This study examines the extent and nature of code-switching among a key group of adult native speakers of Irish -Leaders in Irish-medium preschools. Data were collected from 10 women (aged 30-50) as they interacted with preschool children (aged 3-5) years in naíonraí (Irish-medium preschools) in Irish-speaking communities. The frequency of intrasentential code-switching varied among the Leaders: 7 had intrasentential code-switching in less than 7% of their utterances, while 2 were above 15%. However, they showed similarities in the code-switched elements: 78% of the Leaders' intrasentential switches came from a limited set of English discourse markers. The trajectory of change is considered from code-switched items, tononce borrowings, to recurrent and widespread borrowings which co-exist with the Irish forms, to loan words that may show signs of replacing the Irish form.||Type of material:||Journal Article||Publisher:||Wiley Online||Copyright (published version):||Blackwell Publishing Ltd. 2009||Keywords:||Bilingual;Minority languages;Language contact;Discourse markers;Indigenous languages||DOI:||10.1111/j.1467-9841.2009.00429.x||Language:||en||Status of Item:||Peer reviewed|
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