Indonesian/English code-switching on social media: A paper exploring how to mengekspresikan diri through the switching of bahasa.

Author: Christina Skujins

Skujins, Christina, 2018 Indonesian/English code-switching on social media: A paper exploring how to mengekspresikan diri through the switching of bahasa. , Flinders University, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

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Abstract

This thesis explores the relationship between code-switching and linguistically demonstrating acts of identity. This study uses an ethnographic approach in order to investigate code-switching behavior on social media giant Facebook, as code-switching is a highly complex phenomenon that is not only linguistically but also socioculturally bound. Participants of this study were composed of two separate speech communities, one group of native English speakers and one group of native Indonesian speakers. This study investigated the way in which code-switching was utilized by both speech communities through the means of language play, these examples of language play were used in order to build closer social relationships. The linguistic nature of code-switching was also explored, focusing on how intra-sentential switching was used the most by participants, and how participants used rich examples of linguistic and grammatical blending in regards to pronunciation, punctuation and syntax. These examples of code-switching by participants were encouraged by previous conversational turns, (i.e. person B code-switched because person A did before them).

Keywords: code-switching, Indonesian, conversational analysis, Facebook.
Subject: Languages thesis

Thesis type: Masters
Completed: 2018
School: College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
Supervisor: Rosslyn Von Der Borch