Vietnamese-English bilinguals in Melbourne: social relationships in code-switching of personal pronouns
journal contributionposted on 02.06.2017 by Ho-Dac, Tuc
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This paper investigates the code-switching of personal pronouns in the speech of Vietnamese-English bilinguals in Melbourne. The highly complex system of person reference in Vietnamese has no counterparts in the English speaking world, and is examined in this paper. Relying on Myers-Scotton's Markedness Model (1993), I discuss in some detail the code-switching of English personal pronouns and argue that the switching of personal pronouns is to signal a change in the relationship between the addressor and the addressee.