Duelling Languages: Grammatical Structure in Codeswitching / Edition 1

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The goal of this book 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. However, this book 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; she concludes that the principles governing codeswitching are the same everywhere. Her model supports a lexically based model of language production.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198237129
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/28/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Lexile: 1320L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

University of South Carolina
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Table of Contents

List of Symbols and Abbreviations
1 Introduction 1
2 The Search for Structural Constraints on Codeswitching 19
3 Background for the Matrix Language-Frame Model: Production Models and Identifying the Matrix Language 46
4 Regulating Two at Once, I: The Matrix Language-Frame Model 75
5 Regulating Two at Once, II: Congruence in ML + EL Constituents and EL Islands 120
6 Relating Lexical Borrowing and Codeswitching 163
7 Codeswitching and Deep Grammatical Borrowing 208
8 Conclusions 229
References 240
Index 253
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