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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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Argument Licensing in Optimal Switches

Argument Licensing in Optimal Switches

(p.135) 6 Argument Licensing in Optimal Switches
Grammatical Theory and Bilingual Codeswitching

Rakesh M. Bhatt

The MIT Press

This chapter presents an Optimality-Theoretic (OT) account of the linguistically significant generalizations of bilingual codeswitching in argument positions in different language pairs. I claim that the constraint interaction and satisfaction approach of OT (Prince and Smolensky 1993; Grimshaw 1997) yields a straightforward account of the distribution of bilingual codeswitching in argument positions in different language pairs making use of mainly two conflicting constraints, *Spec and Comp (see Bhatt 1997), both violable under appropriate conditions. The difference in codeswitching outcomes in different language pairs turns out to be, as expected under OT, how these constraints are ranked relative to each other.

Keywords:   Codeswitching, Argument positions, Constraints, Optimality Theory, Bilingual grammar

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