Code-mixing is the blending of two or more languages or language varieties in speech. It is the typical linguistic process where there is the hybridization of two languages.
- Code-mixing is similar to the use or creation of pidgins, but a pidgin is created across groups that do not share a common language.
- Code-mixing may occur within a multilingual setting where speakers share more than one language.
- Code-mixing refers to the practice of mixing two or more languages or linguistic codes within a single conversation, sentence, or even a phrase.
- It occurs when a speaker alternates between two or more languages in a natural and seamless manner.
- This phenomenon is commonly observed in multilingual or bilingual communities where individuals are proficient in more than one language.
- It is often seen as a sign of language proficiency and cultural adaptability among multilingual speakers.
Code-mixing should not be confused with code-switching. While both involve the use of multiple languages. Code-switching refers to the practice of switching between languages at specific points in a conversation, often for particular social or contextual reasons. Code-mixing, on the other hand, involves blending languages together more fluidly throughout the conversation.
- Code-mixing is when someone uses one word or phrase from one language to another language. Code-switching is when the language is arranged structurally and grammatically in other languages.
• Let’s take a selfie during our lunch break yaar.
(Code-mixing: “selfie” – English, “yaar” – Hindi/Urdu)
• I’m going to comprar algunas frutas from the market.
(Code-mixing: “comprar” – Spanish, “algunas frutas” – Spanish, “market” – English)
• Yesterday, I attended a mela near my grandma’s house.
(Code-mixing: “mela” – Hindi/Urdu, “grandma’s house” – English)
• I’ll be there in ten minutes, espérame, por favor.
(Code-mixing: “espérame, por favor” – Spanish, “ten minutes” – English)
• I love this dress, yeh bilkul perfect hai!
(Code-mixing: “yeh bilkul, hai” – Hindi/Urdu, “this dress” – English)
• The meeting starts at 2 baje, don’t be late.
(Code-mixing: “baje” – Hindi/Urdu, “don’t be late” – English)
• My friend gave me this amazing libro to read.
(Code-mixing: “libro” – Spanish, “amazing” – English, “to read” – English)
• Can you please pass the paneer, gracias.
(Code-mixing: “paneer” – Hindi/Urdu, “gracias” – Spanish)
• She looked absolutely preciosa in that dress.
(Code-mixing: “preciosa” – Spanish, “absolutely” – English, “in that dress” – English)
• I’ll call you back in a while, thoda busy hoon.
(Code-mixing: “thoda, hoon” – Hindi/Urdu, “I’ll call you back” – English)
Courtesy: ‘Andrea Breitenmoser’ Youtube Channel
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