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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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Categorial Mismatches in the Syntax and the Lexicon: Evidence from Language Contact Research

Categorial Mismatches in the Syntax and the Lexicon: Evidence from Language Contact Research

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(p.119) 5 Categorial Mismatches in the Syntax and the Lexicon: Evidence from Language Contact Research
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Grammatical Theory and Bilingual Codeswitching
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Pieter Muysken

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262027892.003.0005

This chapter explores mismatches between syntactic and lexical categories, adducing evidence from Creole land Amerindian languages, with a case study of Popoloca de Mezontla. Core lexical features may not have a grammatical role and grammatical features may not have a representation in the lexicon. The case study of Popoloca shows that borrowed content words have a quite specific distribution, depending on the topic of the text they occur in. In contrast, the number of function words borrowed (in tokens) is almost comparable to that of content words. The borrowing process itself is partly constrained by lexical, and partly by syntactic feature configurations. The presence or absence of a noun/verb distinction in different languages may itself be a case of mismatch between the lexicon and the syntax.

Keywords:   Syntactic category, lexical category, language contact, Dutch, Papiamentu, Popoloca de Mezontla, Sranan, Saramaccan, Haitian, Salish, Tongan

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