Publication details [#26241]

Myers-Scotton, Carol. 1993. Social motivations for codeswitching. Evidence from Africa. Clarendon. xii + 177 pp.
Publication type
Book – monograph
Publication language
Language as a subject


The author proposes her markedness theory to account for various kinds of code-switching (CS) behavior in African communities. The 5 chapters deal with the following issues: goals, topics and key terms; a description of African language families and CS patterns, especially in Zimbabwe and Kenia; a review and evaluation of sociolinguistic literature on CS; the rationale for the markedness model; and the explication of the markedness model.

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