DOI: 10.5176/2251-3566_L317.100

Authors: Yudi Liu

Abstract: Nowadays, owing to globalization, international communications become more and more frequent, which brings increasing language contact. Code-switching, as a consequence of language contact, becomes a widespread phenomena in many fields, including pop song lyrics. The focus of this research is in the area of code-switching in pop song lyrics. Such a study is significant in order to have a more profound understanding of code-switching in pop song lyrics in modern society. This paper analyses code-switching in Liang Jingru’s song lyrics in adpation to linguistic reality, the social convention, and the psychological motivation from the perspective of the adaptation theory. The main conclusions drawn from this study are code-switching for mentioning foreign products, indicating singer’s identity, avoiding taboos, drawing close to social distance, rhymeconstructing and gaining foreign flavor. The research conclusion helps listeners appreciate Liang Jingru’s songs better, and recommends that song lyric writers should use some codeswitching techniques in their creation.

Keywords: Liang Jingru; song lyrics; code-switching; adaption theory


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