Bilingual Speech: A Typology of Code-Mixing

Bilingual Speech: A Typology of Code-Mixing

by Pieter Muysken


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Bilingual Speech: A Typology of Code-Mixing by Pieter Muysken

This book provides an in-depth analysis of the different ways in which bilingual speakers switch from one language to another in the course of conversation. Pieter Muysken identifies three distinct patterns of mixing and explores how different mixing strategies depend on the contrasting grammatical properties of the languages involved, the degree of bilingual competence of the speaker and various social factors. The book synthesizes a vast array of recent research in a rapidly growing field of study that has much to reveal about the structure and function of language.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521771689
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/28/2002
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

Pieter Muysken is Professor of Linguistics at Radboud University Nijmegen, after previously teaching at the universities of Amsterdam and Leiden. His specialism is language contact and he does research in the Andes, the Caribbean and the Netherlands.

Table of Contents

1. The study of code-mixing; 2. Differences and similarities between languages; 3. Insertion; 4. Alternation; 5. Congruent lexicalization; 6. Function words; 7. Bilingual verbs; 8. Variation in mixing patterns; 9. Bilingual speech and language contact.

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