S-Space Language Education Institute (언어교육원) Language Research (어학연구) Language Research (어학연구) Volume 48 Number 1/3 (2012)
Functions of Code-switching in Korean EFL Learners Conversation
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- 서울대학교 언어교육원
- 어학연구, Vol.48 No.2, pp. 297-318
- code-switching ; functions of native language ; communication strategy ; conversation analysis
- This study aims to investigate the functions of code-switching in Korean EFL learners' conversation. The recordings of six advanced learners' discussion were transcribed and analyzed. The result revealed, similar to previous studies, learners switched codes when they did not know the right English words at the moment. Significantly, there also were cases of code-switching when participants knew the correct English equivalents. The deliberate use of Korean functioned to make sure if the recipients have understood the message accurately. Moreover, code-switching was encouraged when they talked about Korean words that had culture-related meanings. Learners reported being forced to use English-translated words in such cases could lead to misunderstanding of the intended messages. The finding suggests that the code-switching should be interpreted not as the learners' lack of TL knowledge but as the learners' efforts to take responsibility in the communication.
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