International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Code Switching in Persian & English
Hedieh Najafi

The early 1980s mark the immigration of Iranians and Afghans, in large numbers, to the U.S. This phenomenon positioned the Persian language in juxtaposition with the English language creating a suitable environment for code switching between the two languages. In this paper, by collecting data from the Iranian media, I compare the code switching patterns of Persian-English to those of Spanish-English using Poplackā€Ÿs (1981) code switching constraints. I will discuss the similarities as well as discrepancies and suggest the reasons for the discrepancies.

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