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Perspective of code-mixing in a multilingual city, Shillong, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Linguistics, North Eastern Hill University, Shillong, India

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 9, Issue (1), Pages 15-19, January,14 (2020)


The discussion of code-mixing and code-switching in a multilingual city, Shillong is an outcome of contact induced language change. From a sociolinguistic standpoint, this paper providesa descriptive attempt to portray the linguistic behaviour of Khasi speech communities in Shillong. In focus, attempt is made here to unfold the patternof amalgamation of two different linguistic codes, the phenomenonknown as ‵code-mixing or code-switching′in the speech habits of the Khasi speech communities in Shillong whichevidently, brought aboutstructural changes and language developmentsin Khasi, an Austro-Asiatic language spoken in Shillong, Meghalaya in India. In addition, the paper aligns itself with the underpinnings of the psychological motive behind the operant code-mixing and code-switching strategy.


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