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Authors/Editors: Rampton, Ben
Title: Crossing: Language and ethnicity among adolescents.
Year: 1995
Publisher: London: Longman
Series: Real language Series
Pages: xx + 384
Publication type: Book — monograph
Language: English
Keyword(s): bilingualism ; code-switching ; ethnicity ; social stratification
Subject — language(s): Creole, African Caribbean; English, stylised Asian; Panjabi
Annotation: This book investigates Britain's Panjabi, Anglo and African Carribean adolescents' use of "crossing" in both peer-peer and adolescent-adult interactions. This form of code-switching using the language of another ethnic group is considered to contribute to a feeling of community that bridges ethnic divisions and diminishes domination patterns.


  1. Blommaert, Jan (1998) “<Review of B. Rampton (1995: 'Crossing: Language and Ethnicity among Adolescents').>” Journal of Sociolinguistics 2:1. pp. 119-123.
  2. Rymes, Betsy (1998) “<Review of B. Rampton (1995: 'Crossing: Language and ethnicity among adolescents').>” Language in Society 27:4. pp. 552-555.
  3. Noels, Kimberley A. (1997) “<Review of B. Rampton (1995: 'Crossing: Language and Ethnicity Among Adolescents').>” Journal of Language and Social Psychology 16:3. pp. 351-354.