Greek English Code Switching Practices in Diasporic Societies: A Comparative Study of Adelaide, Australia and Queens, New York

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Michael Hadzantonis,
SOAS, University of London, U.K.

DOI: 10.47298/comela22.4-4
The GLOCAL Proceedings:  The GLOCAL Conference in the Mediterranean and Europe 2022


This paper presented addresses the documentation of Greek-English code-switching practices across several contexts. These are the Greek diaspora in Adelaide, South Australia, in Queens, a borough of New York, and Athens, in Greece. While the languages remain the same, as English and Greek, and both Greek immigrants seek to achieve competence in the standardized Greek, while the Greek nationals seek to achieve competence in a standardized English, when switching, the styles differ markedly. As such, switching appears to be influenced by covert factors, such as local language ideologies.

The paper reports these different switching practices and presents motives for their diversity, despite the common use of these language codes across all documented contexts.

Keywords: Greece, Adelaide, Queens, Code-Switching, Diaspora, Ideologies

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