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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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Operator Movement in English-Spanish and German-Spanish Codeswitching

Operator Movement in English-Spanish and German-Spanish Codeswitching

(p.87) 4 Operator Movement in English-Spanish and German-Spanish Codeswitching
Grammatical Theory and Bilingual Codeswitching

Almeida Jacqueline Toribio

Kay E. González-Vilbazo

The MIT Press

In this chapter it is argued that the patterns of word order in wh-questions, negative fronting, and relative clauses in English, Spanish, German, English-Spanish and German-Spanish codeswitching may be characterized by reference to the core principle of Checking and by appeal to the locus of the [α‎] operator feature specifications in the component languages. In taking account of codeswitching patterns by reference to universal principles and the language-specific properties that interact with these, the codeswitching data are revealed to be predicted by, and at once lend evidence to, linguistic-theoretical precepts. The work thus makes evident the potential benefits of the study of codeswitching for linguistic theory in elucidating aspects of Universal Grammar.

Keywords:   Operator movement, Feature Checking, Argument, Adjunct, English, Spanish, German, Universal Grammar, Codeswitching

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