No sé qué day: Code-switching and code-mixing in a plurilingual family living in Catalonia


  • Jill Simon Auerbach Dept. Did. Ll, Lit i CCSS, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona


This study analyzes the unique plurilingual (Catalan, Spanish and English) speech of a family living in Catalonia in order to understand the  variety of forms in which linguistic multicompetence is made manifest in their dialogues.. Factors that were found to influence code-switching and code-mixing in dialogues among family members include: the context of the conversation, the expression of distinct discursive voices, the affective consequences of employing the dominant or non-dominant language of the interlocutor, the ingrained nature of discourse markers, resistance to changing the names of academic concepts or courses, and the desire to creatively combine elements of distinct language systems to suit the expressive needs of the speaker. An argument is made in favor of a distinction being made between linguistic variety and communicative code as well as for a user-based, pragmatic view of language knowledge. 




code-switching, code-mixing, multicompetence, plurilingualism, communicative code, multilingual family


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Author Biography

Jill Simon Auerbach, Dept. Did. Ll, Lit i CCSS, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Jill Simon Auerbach is a teacher in a public high school in the province of Barcelona. In addition to teaching English as a foreign language, she has also taught science classes in Catalan and in English due to her background as a Biochemistry major. For the past seven years, she has designed and run an extensive reading program for students of ESO and she has taught workshops on extensive reading in two editions of the Escola d'Estiu Rosa Sensat. Currently, she is a Masters candidate in the Department of Teaching Language, Literature and Social Sciences at the University Autònoma de Barcelona where she is specializing in CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning).Jill Simon Auerbach




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