Chiamaka Ngozi Oyeka (PhD), Osita Gerald Nwagbo (PhD)


Code-switching is an interactive strategy used by bilinguals to negotiate disparate identities. This study is concerned with the phenomenon of code-switching in the experience of students from chosen secondary schools in Lagos state. This is with a view to delineating the trajectory of code-switching and the motivation for the interactive device. A total of 90 students from three schools in three LGAs in Lagos State were purposively chosen for the qualitative research. The participant observation technique was used and students’ interactions were secretly recorded on tape. The result reveals that the students switched mainly from English to Yoruba or Pidgin. Igbo and Hausa featured minimally in their discourse. In terms of motivations, the students were motivated by the following: solidarity, formality, anger, frustration and emphasis. Bilingual and multilingual students switched from one language to another to express varying emotional states of mind as well as endorsing multiple identities. The use of different languages in discourse by young people suggests that switching of codes enhances fluency in discourse among youths.


bilinguals, Multilinguals, code-switching, interactive device.

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