International Journal of Language & Linguistics

ISSN 2374-8850 (Print), 2374-8869 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijll

Algerian Arabic and French Code Switching as a Linguistic Strategy in Algerian Manga
Dalila Belhassena, Ms.; Abdelkader Lotfi Benhattab, Dr.

This research paper is a study which attempts to explore comic books in general and Algerian manga in particular where emotions and thoughts are conveyed through sequential art. Framed under Sociolinguistics, the inquiry lays on the social motivations for code switching in Algerian manga in maintaining group identity, showing solidarity, and / or creating stylistic effects (sarcasm, irony, realism, etc….). The data under investigation represent chunks of speech uttered by characters of Houma Fighter, our case study, an Algerian manga where code switching is prevalent. These data are linguistically analyzed using the Markedness Model of Myers-Scotton. In light of Myers-Scotton’s model, it had been noticed that the author Said Sabaou not only delivers intentionality through his switches but, he also vehicles identity, social values and norms besides of providing accuracy and realism.

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