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Choi, Jinsook
School of Liberal Arts
Research Interests
  • Language and Culture
  • Language policy
  • Language ideology
  • Multiculturalism
  • Bilingual education

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Code-switching in an institutional setting: Negotiating social roles in bilingual encounters in Guatemala

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Title
Code-switching in an institutional setting: Negotiating social roles in bilingual encounters in Guatemala
Author
Choi, Jinsook
Keywords
Bilingualism; Code-switching; Face; Guatemala; Institutional roles; K'iche' Maya
Issue Date
2014-12
Publisher
UNIV COMPLUTENSE MADRID
Citation
CIRCULO DE LINGUISTICA APLICADA A LA COMUNICACION, v.60, no., pp.36 - 61
Abstract
In this paper, I investigate the ways in which bilingual speakers utilize linguistic resources to negotiate social roles and manage social relationships at an institutional setting in Momostenango, Guatemala. Drawing from studies on code-switching and politeness, I examine the ways in which speakers utilize the available language resources-Spanish and K'iche' on the one hand, and second-person pronouns on the other-to negotiate social roles in institutional interactions. This study contributes to our understanding of the ways in which bilinguals organize and conceptualize social roles in culturally specific and meaningful ways. The qualitative analysis of speech examples can adequately show facets of social life when combined with an ethnographic understanding. In addition, by focusing on actual language use and on a single institutional setting rather than multiple ones, this study brings to light the complex dynamics of using both Spanish and K'iche' as well as formal and familiar pronouns in Guatemala.
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https://scholarworks.unist.ac.kr/handle/201301/9983
DOI
10.5209/rev-CLAC.2014.v60.47443
ISSN
1576-4737
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