International Journal of Language & Linguistics

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

Reasons and Contexts to Switch and Mix English Code by Pakistani Young Learners in their Native Speech: A Sociolinguistic Study
Iftikhar Ahmed Chughtai, Misbah Afsheen Khan, Misbah Rosheen Khan

This study aims to find out reasons and contexts to switch and mix English code in the speech by Pakistani young learners in Bahawalpur City Punjab, Pakistan. The sample of 53 young learners (both male and female)of BA (Hons.) 8th semester are taken from the two different disciplines i.e. the department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology and the department of English, the Islamia University of Bahawalpur. The study is conducted with the help of closed-ended questionnaire consisting of two sections i.e. reasons and contexts to switch and mix English code with items following Likert Scale. The analysis shows that in almost all contexts, English code is switched and mixed in their speech by Pakistani young learners. They mostly do so for instrumental a purpose that does not make their own tongue to be inferior. It is only because English language has multidimensional usage and functions to perform which make it a hot cake nowadays.

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