—A bilingual’s repertoire consists of two or more
languages or codes and bilingual’s mix the codes in the course of
conversation. In India, where English is a language of prestige,
code mixing with English symbolizes higher status. Does only
the prestige status of English make children use English while
speaking in their mother tongue? What are the reasons of code
mixing among children then? This study describes the nature of
language behavior of Tamil-English bilingual children. This
study throws light on the direction in which language change is
—Code mixing, bilingual children, language
purity, tamil-English mixing.
Kanthimathi Krishnasamy is with the Department of English, SDNB
Vaishnav College for Women, Chennai, India (e-mail:
Cite: Kanthimathi Krishnasamy, " Code Mixing among Tamil – English Bilingual Children," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 5, no. 9, pp. 788-792, 2015.