Tigrinya–English/Amharic Codeswitching

Tigrinya–English/Amharic Codeswitching

ISBN 978-3-89645-997-8

Tigrinya–English/Amharic Codeswitching

Author: Fikre Gebrekidan Reda.

Series: Topics in Interdisciplinary African Studies Volume 37

14 pp. Roman, 235 pp.
2 colour maps, 6 diagrams/figures, numerous tables and charts, appendices: transcripts of recordings, questionnaire
Text language(s): English
Format: 160 x 230 mm
470 g
€ 39.80

The bulk of research on codeswitching confines its scope to two languages. In this study, however, three lan­guages, Tigrinya, English and Amharic, are considered. While Tigrinya and Amharic – two Semitic languages spoken in Ethiopia – are genetically and typologically related, Tigrinya and English are distant languages both typologically and genetically. These contrasting and similar features of the languages being treated in the present study are believed to provide a point of departure for the study of codeswitching that may contribute to the further advancement of the study of bilingualism/multilingualism in general.

The study considers both grammatical/structural and sociolinguistic aspects in the analysis of the data collected. It primarily investigates the linguistic or structural aspect of insertional codeswitching involving Tigrinya, Amharic and English, i.e. it explores the grammatical structure of the new bilingual constituents when linguistic items switch or more specifically are inserted into the Tigrinya utterance from English and/or Amharic. Furthermore, the book deals with social aspects of codeswitching and explores the possible pragmatic and discursive functions of codeswitching by Tigrinya speakers from Tigrinya into English and/or Amharic.

Chapter 1: General Introduction ~~ Chapter 2: Review of Literature ~~ Chapter 3: Research Methods ~~ Chapter 4: Background to the Languages ~~ Chapter 5: Analysis and Discussion ~~ Chapter 6: Verb Codeswitching in Tigrinya ~~ English/Amharic ~~ Chapter 7: Analysis of Discursive Functions of Codeswitching and Discussion of the Questionnaire Results ~~ Chapter 8: Conclusion

Fikre Gebrekidan Reda has been lecturing at Mekele University, Tigray, Ethiopia for more than 20 years, teaching ELT (English language teaching), literature and linguistics. He did his BA degree in English at Asmara and Addis Ababa Universities, his MA degree at Addis Ababa University and his doctoral degree at the University of Oslo, Norway. His interests in linguistics include contact linguistics, particularly codeswitching, sociolinguistics and bi-/multilingualism.

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