Code-Switching as a Social Act: The Case of Arabic Wikipedia Talk Pages

WS 2017  ·  Michael Yoder, Shruti Rijhwani, Carolyn Ros{\'e}, Lori Levin ·

Code-switching has been found to have social motivations in addition to syntactic constraints. In this work, we explore the social effect of code-switching in an online community... We present a task from the Arabic Wikipedia to capture language choice, in this case code-switching between Arabic and other languages, as a predictor of social influence in collaborative editing. We find that code-switching is positively associated with Wikipedia editor success, particularly borrowing technical language on pages with topics less directly related to Arabic-speaking regions. read more

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