Date: Wed, 22 Dec 1993 19:28:32 CST From: salikoko mufwene Subject: Re: modren metathesis Don: I have already erased copies of my mail and do not remember several details that I didn't consider relevant to my work. Despite all the reactions in favor of "code-switching" as a cover term, I am not convinced that it is really more adequate. I have personally not perceived the negative connotations associated with "mixing," although my professional concerns may have blinded me. Like Hugo Schuchardt and Louis Hjelmslev, I see creole languages as mixed systems and have no particular negative attitudes toward them. I go even further and consider systems of all languages mixed in the sense of not being homogeneous. This are particular cases where I think the term "switching" would not apply. Yet in a way, it is just a matter of degree between what one observes on "code-mixing" (technically speaking) and in other cases putatively involving no "mixing". Code-switching is just an extension of the same trend, even though some might consider it less messy to deal with than "code-mixing." I think so far I read affective reactions to my observations and no semantic rebuttal, as much respect as I have for people's feelings. And to be sure, these reactions do count in our terminological choices, as long as we recognize them as such. Sali. Salikoko S. Mufwene Linguistics, U. of Chicago s-mufwene[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] 312-702-8531