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Grammatical Theory and Bilingual Codeswitching$
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Jeff MacSwan

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262027892

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262027892.001.0001

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Codeswitching and the Syntax-Semantics Interface: The Role of Aspectual Features in Constraining Intrasentential Codeswitching Involving the Verb

Codeswitching and the Syntax-Semantics Interface: The Role of Aspectual Features in Constraining Intrasentential Codeswitching Involving the Verb

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(p.227) 10 Codeswitching and the Syntax-Semantics Interface: The Role of Aspectual Features in Constraining Intrasentential Codeswitching Involving the Verb
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Grammatical Theory and Bilingual Codeswitching
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Sílvia Milian Hita

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262027892.003.0010

Following Minimalist and Lexical Semantics assumptions, this chapter will analyze the role played by uninterpreted aspectual or Aktionsart features (or internal temporal organization properties of events) in constraining intrasentential Spanish/English codeswitching involving the verb and its arguments. The data analyzed comes from three different Spanish/English bilingual communities (Mexican-American, Puerto Rican and Gibraltarian). The goal of this chapter is to show that constraints on Spanish/English codeswitching are based on the grammars of these two languages. The work follows from recent proposals within the Minimalist framework regarding codeswitching grammar (MacSwan, 2000, 2013).

Keywords:   Codeswitching, Minimalism, Lexical Semantics, Intrasentential codeswitching, Bilingualism, Aktionsart features

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