Code switching in the contemporary Kiswahili rap song
Munuku, Anne Wangari
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This is a sociallinguistic study that investigates code switching in the contemporary Kiswahili rap song. It seeks to identify, interprete and explain the patterns code switching, the constraints governing these patterns and the communicative functions of code switching in the songs. The study is organized in five chapters covering different areas of code switching. Chapter one forms the introduction of the study comprising the statement of the problem, research objectives and assumptions, justification for the study and the scope and limitation of the study. Literature review, theoretical framework and the research methodology are also presented in this chapter. Code switching takes place in a given pattern constrained by various grammatical and structural factors. This is discussed in chapter two. Chapter three consists of the stylistic strategies that these artists employ in their songs for various communicational purposes. The social symbolism and the communicative functions of the codes are outlined in chapter four. The focus is on how artists make code choices based on societal expectations and norms. Chapter five forms the conclusion of the study. It includes the summary of the research findings as well as the conclusions drawn from these findings. The recommendations for further research are also outlined.