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    Code switching and Language Shift

    What is the difference between 2 terms: code switching and language shift?

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    Re: Code switching and Language Shift

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    What is the difference between 2 terms: code switching and language shift?
    Code-switching is a linguistics term denoting the concurrent use of more than one language, or language variety, in conversation.
    Code-switching - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Language shift, sometimes referred to as language transfer or language replacement or assimilation, is the progressive process whereby a speech community of a language shifts to speaking another language.
    Language shift - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    If you switch between English and Vietnamese when you're speaking with your friends, that's code switching. This happens in a split second.
    If you and your friends initially speak Vietnamese together, but over time you tend to converse in English, that is Language shift. This can take years to occur.

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    Re: Code switching and Language Shift

    Is it true or false if I say:
    Code - switching: for example you switch between English and Vietnamese when talking to your friends but just temporarily not permanently. You still use English and Vietnamese at the same time (you know 2 languages)

    Language shift: when you live in Vietnam you speak Vietnamese and when you move to London to live and work, you change into speak English and you seem to forget the native language through the time (your mother tongue is lost gradually)

    Is it right?

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    Re: Code switching and Language Shift

    Quote Originally Posted by chuotyeumeo367 View Post
    Is it true or false if I say:
    Code - switching: for example you switch between English and Vietnamese when talking to your friends but just temporarily not permanently. You still use English and Vietnamese at the same time (you know 2 languages)

    Language shift: when you live in Vietnam you speak Vietnamese and when you move to London to live and work, you change into speak English and you seem to forget the native language through the time (your mother tongue is lost gradually)

    Is it right?
    Not quite. Language shift applies to a "speech community", not to an individual. A Vietnamese community in London might use Vietnamese when they first arrive, but after several years, they might speak mostly in English. I think it's explained well in the Wikipedia pages that I've given.

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    Re: Code switching and Language Shift

    Thanks so much. Now I do understand the difference between them.

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