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Language Choice and Code-Switching in the Azerbaijani Community in Tehran: A conversation analytic approach to bilingual practices
Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Languages, Department of Linguistics and Philology.
2005 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This study examines language choice and code-switching patterns found in the Azerbaijani speech community in Tehran, Iran. Two empirical studies have been combined. The first involves a macro-social quantitative analysis of language choice on a community level, based on questionnaires, and the second involves a micro-interactional qualitative analysis of language choice and code-switching practices, based on tape recordings and participant observation.

The results show that there is an on-going language shift occurring on the community level, from Azerbaijani-Persian bilingualism to monolingualism in Persian. The rate of this process differs depending on a number of social factors. However, the strong demographic support within this speech community makes the possibility of a total language shift unlikely. In fact, in contrast to the ongoing language shift there is a parallel movement towards the revitalization of the Azerbaijani culture and language.

As far as language choice and code-switching practices on an individual level are concerned, a number of bilingual practices are found. Code-switching as a marked linguistic choice is used for a variety of purposes in argumentative and narrative opposition. It is at the same time demonstrated that a general preference for same language talk does not necessarily prevail among all bilingual speakers which allows for the use of a range of other linguistic as well as paralinguistic resources to produce interactionally marked choices in bilingual conversation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis , 2005. , 216 p.
Studia Iranica Upsaliensia, ISSN 1100-326X ; 9
Keyword [en]
Iranian languages, Language maintenance, Language shift, Code-switching, Style-shifting, Conversation analysis, Bilingualism, Azerbaijani, Persian, Language policy
Keyword [sv]
Iranska språk - allmänt
Research subject
Iranian Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-5857ISBN: 91-554-6220-0OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-5857DiVA: diva2:166654
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2005-06-04, Ihresalen, Språkvetenskapligt centrum, Villavägen 4, Uppsala, 10:00
Available from: 2005-05-12 Created: 2005-05-12Bibliographically approved

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