English Code-switching in German Rap. A Semantics-based Analysis of Contemporary Mainstream Lyrics


Term Paper, 2021

25 Pages, Grade: 1,0

Stella Bremer (Author)


Abstract or Introduction

Code-switching, a longstanding linguistic phenomenon, has traditionally been studied in spontaneous speech. However, a growing interest in recent years has shifted towards analyzing song lyrics, particularly in the context of globalization and the prevalence of English as a global language. This paper delves into the current state of English code-switching in German rap songs, exploring how and why German rappers incorporate English into their lyrics.

Through an empirical analysis of mainstream rap songs, the study examines the semantics of English code-switches, aiming to uncover the semantic fields they occupy and understand their functional aspects. The paper provides a brief definition of code-switching, reviews existing research on its role in music, with a focus on rap, and discusses the evolving landscape of German rap. The research methodology and data presentation are detailed, followed by a summary of results and a discussion of notable findings. The paper concludes with a brief summary and suggestions for future research.

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Title
English Code-switching in German Rap. A Semantics-based Analysis of Contemporary Mainstream Lyrics
College
University of Hamburg  (Institute of English and American Studies)
Grade
1,0
Author
Year
2021
Pages
25
Catalog Number
V1440856
ISBN (eBook)
9783964873705
ISBN (Book)
9783964873712
Language
English
Keywords
Codeswitching, Rap, Linguistics, Semantics, English language, German language
Quote paper
Stella Bremer (Author), 2021, English Code-switching in German Rap. A Semantics-based Analysis of Contemporary Mainstream Lyrics, Munich, GRIN Verlag, https://www.grin.com/document/1440856

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