A Study of Chinese-English Code-switching in Chinese Sports News Reports

Chun-xuan SHEN


This paper reports a study of Chinese-English code-switching in Chinese sports news reports with an aim to provide a better understanding of the linguistic features of Chinese-English code-switching. Based on the data collected from Titan Sports–the most influential comprehensive sports newspaper in China, the study finds that the switched constituents vary from singly occurring letters and lexemes to embedded phrases and sentences, with each carrying its own features. Adopting Myers-Scotton’s Markedness Model to the discussion of code-switching occurrences, this study relates the linguistic features observed to the sense of markedness which can account for the features found in the study. Key words: Chinese-English code-switching; Matrix language; Embedded constituent; Markedness Resumé: Cet article présente une étude sur l'alternance de codes du chinois en anglais dans les nouvelles sportives chinoises dans le but de fournir une meilleure compréhension des caractéristiques linguistiques de l'alternance de codes du chinois en anglais. Basée sur des données recueillies auprès de Titan Sports, le plus influent journal de sport en Chine, l'étude constate que les constituants alternés varient des lettres et des lexèmes qui apparaissent seul à des phrases intégrées, et que chacun porte ses propres caractéristiques. En adoptant le modèle de caractère marqué de Myers-Scotton, cette étude relie les caractéristiques linguistiques observés au sens du marquage, qui peut expliquer les caractéristiques trouvées dans l'étude.Mots-clés: alternance de codes du chinois en anglais; matrice de langue; constituants intégrés; caractère marqué

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/j.ccc.1923670020100604.008


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