Peter Constable petercon at
Sat Jan 7 01:59:45 CET 2017

Code-switching, as defined in the field of sociolinguistics, assumes bilingualism.


From: Shawn Steele
Sent: Friday, January 6, 2017 2:01 PM
To: John Cowan <cowan at>; Peter Constable <petercon at>
Cc: Michael Everson <everson at>; ietf-languages at
Subject: RE: Spanglish

> Absolutely.  But you pretty much need full bilingualism to *do* code-switching,
> as opposed to just understanding it.  Here's a bit of (literary) Angloromani:

I’m not sure that is necessarily true.  One scenario is Hinglish where the English bits are mostly technical words.  One need not fully understand English to be able to use “Internet” and other technical words – though one would have to understand that subset of English.

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