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Code-Switching is Not Just About Different Languages

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Code-switching is a term in linguistics referring to using more than one language or dialect in conversation. It is not limited to just languages, but also how we modify our speech when we are around different people and cultures.

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A discussion was started on Reddit about code-switching and “gay” voicing, asking his fellow r/askgaybros users whether they “consciously or subconsciously change the way their voices sound around other people.”

Do you find yourself code-switching around certain groups or people? Let us know in the comments below.

You can read more about the discussion here.


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