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Seeking Gender Difference in Code-Switching by Investigating Mandarin-English Child Bilingual in Singapore

Version 1 : Received: 13 September 2020 / Approved: 17 September 2020 / Online: 17 September 2020 (10:35:52 CEST)

How to cite: Huang, W.; Lyu, D.; Lin, J. Seeking Gender Difference in Code-Switching by Investigating Mandarin-English Child Bilingual in Singapore. Preprints 2020, 2020090393 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202009.0393.v1). Huang, W.; Lyu, D.; Lin, J. Seeking Gender Difference in Code-Switching by Investigating Mandarin-English Child Bilingual in Singapore. Preprints 2020, 2020090393 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202009.0393.v1).

Abstract

As a behavior of bilingual individuals and an indispensable part of bilingual speech, code-switching has been investigated by many researchers. However, there are many variables influencing code-switching, and each variable has the potential to be a confounding variable. Among these variables is the gender; however, whether there are significant gender differences and what are the gender differences in code-switching remains unknown for Mandarin Mandarin-English child bilinguals, as previous literature diverse on the existence of gender differences. Therefore, this paper seeks potential code-switching and distribution of code-switching by quantitative analysis of speech data in Singapore Bilingual Corpus. The results indicate that gender differences are significant in the amount of intra code-switching. However, neither considerable gender difference is observed in the amount of inter nor the code-switching related environment.

Subject Areas

Code-switching; Gender difference; Bilingualism

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