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Duelling Languages: Grammatical Structure in Codeswitching / Edition 1
     

Duelling Languages: Grammatical Structure in Codeswitching / Edition 1

by Carol Myers-Scotton
 

ISBN-10: 019823712X

ISBN-13: 9780198237129

Pub. Date: 03/28/1997

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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
xii
1. Introduction
1(18)
2. The Search for the Structural Constraints on Codeswitching
19(27)
3. Background for the Matrix Language-Frame Model: Production Models and Identifying the Matrix Language
46(29)
4. Regulating Two at Once, I: The Matrix Language-Frame Model
75(45)
5. Regulating Two at Once, II: Congruence in ML + EL Constituents and EL Islands
120(43)
6. Relating Lexical Borrowing and Codeswitching
163(45)
7. Codeswitching and Deep Grammatical Borrowing
208(21)
8. Conclusions
229(11)
Afterword 240(20)
References 260(15)
Index 275

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