Duelling Languages: Grammatical Structure in Codeswitching / Edition 1

Duelling Languages: Grammatical Structure in Codeswitching / Edition 1

by Carol Myers-Scotton
     
 

The goal of this book, a companion volume to Social Motivations for Codeswitching (Oxford, 1993) is to describe and explain intrasentential codeswitching—the production of two or more languages within the same sentence. Most linguists who do not study codeswitching think of it as belonging strictly in the domain of sociolinguistics. Most codeswitching studies

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The goal of this book, a companion volume to Social Motivations for Codeswitching (Oxford, 1993) is to describe and explain intrasentential codeswitching—the production of two or more languages within the same sentence. Most linguists who do not study codeswitching think of it as belonging strictly in the domain of sociolinguistics. Most codeswitching studies do indeed have a social aspect, because they typically use naturally occurring performance data as their base. This book, however, is just as much a study in grammatical theory as a study of language in use. The specific research question addressed is this: when speakers alternate between two or more linguistic varieties, how free is this alternation from the structural point of view? Carol Myers-Scotton develops a model of the morphosyntactic constraints on codeswitching and concludes that the principles governing codeswitching are the same everywhere.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198237129
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/28/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.37(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.66(d)
Lexile:
1320L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

List of Symbols and Abbreviations
1Introduction1
2The Search for Structural Constraints on Codeswitching19
3Background for the Matrix Language-Frame Model: Production Models and Identifying the Matrix Language46
4Regulating Two at Once, I: The Matrix Language-Frame Model75
5Regulating Two at Once, II: Congruence in ML + EL Constituents and EL Islands120
6Relating Lexical Borrowing and Codeswitching163
7Codeswitching and Deep Grammatical Borrowing208
8Conclusions229
References240
Index253

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