International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

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

The Functions of Code-Switching in WeChat Interactions among Chinese College Students
Xiaoji Wang, Zhiqiang Chen

This paper mainly investigated ten functions of Chinese college students’ code-switching in WeChat interactions and made an assumption that such phenomenon is greatly influenced by students’ language proficiency and the nationality of their fellows. It is found that students’ code-switching is mostly for emphasis, for habitual use, for quotation and to show affection, while English proficiency and the nationality of alumnus are not necessarily related to such phenomenon. English popularization has facilitated students’ application of WeChat code-switching, and in return, WeChat code-switching has reflected students’ eager for further English popularization.

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