This study aims to determine the code-switching used among students leaders of the different colleges in Capitol University. Specifically, it sought to answer the following questions: What is the frequency of code-switching of the student officers of the various student body organizations in Capitol University? What are the types and most frequently used type of code-switching? What are the pragmatic functions and most frequently used pragmatic function of code-switching?
Audio recordings of the student body organizations’ meetings of the different colleges in Capitol University were done to get the frequency of code-switching, types and pragmatic functions before doing the content analysis of the types and pragmatic functions of code-switching. The findings show that the student officers of the College of Arts and Sciences have the highest frequency of code-switching in their meetings and this reveals their proficiency of in both languages. The types of code-switching found in the corpus conformed to Poplack’s typology: tags, inter-sentential and intra-sentential were used by the interlocutors. These show that they equally distributed the use of all the types of code-switching in their interlocution. Moreover, upon applying Gumperz’s model, all the seven pragmatic functions, i.e. quotation, addressee specification, repetition, message qualification, personalization vs. objectivization, inquiry vs. giving information, and expressions of politeness were used by the interlocutors. These pragmatic functions seemed to further point to the competence, as well as the creativity, of the student leaders. The findings show therefore that code-switching has become part of the language system of the student leaders and is fast evolving into a separate register for them as a vehicle for communication.
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