Edited By Foued Laroussi
FOUED LAROUSSI: Electronic Arabic-French code-switching
FOUED LAROUSSI Electronic Arabic-French code-switching 1 Introduction Most researchers analysing code-switching as a verbal strategy among bilingual speakers have stressed the need to situate it in a dual context, that of the speech economy in a multilingual sociolinguistic community and that of the verbal rep- ertoires of the speakers belonging to it. They are in agreement on its multi-dimen- sionality and certainly do not advocate any exclusive approach when studying it. Whether its signiﬁcance is socio-interactional, discursive or referential, it can only be grasped by situating it the context of a multilingual community as one of the “social mechanisms of negotiation and deﬁnition of social roles, networks and boundariess”, as Monica Heller puts it (1988, 1). These approaches, based on the correlation between linguistic changes and social facts, have been highly effective for analysing code-switching as a dis- cursive oral strategy par excellence. However the issue here is code-switching in electronic writing. We do not intend to revisit the theoretical discussion op- posing some authors such as Jacques Anis (2001) and Françoise Gadet (2003), to cite only these two, on the status of electronic writing: are they written, oral or “spritten” productions, “parlécites”, to use the expression coined by Jacques Anis (ibid.)? Here we wish to see if an analysis of Arab-French code-switching in electronic writing would justify the same ﬁndings as for oral and face-to-face situ- ations. Are the same theoretical tools to be used as for the analysis of oral produc- tions? Are these...
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