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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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The Semantic Interpretation and Syntactic Distribution of Determiner Phrases in Spanish-English Codeswitching

The Semantic Interpretation and Syntactic Distribution of Determiner Phrases in Spanish-English Codeswitching

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(p.213) 9 The Semantic Interpretation and Syntactic Distribution of Determiner Phrases in Spanish-English Codeswitching
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Grammatical Theory and Bilingual Codeswitching
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Monica Moro Quintanilla

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262027892.003.0009

This article offers a minimalist account of determiner phrases in Spanish-English codeswitching data. The minimalist approach to codeswitching developed by MacSwan is selected on conceptual grounds assuming that all codeswitching samples can be analysed in terms of mechanisms independently motivated for the analysis of monolingual data and therefore, codeswitching phenomena can be explained without appealing to ad hoc constraints specific to it. This model is then tested on data from native bilingual speakers of English and Spanish, focusing on the syntax and semantics of determiner phrases. On the semantic side, we examine the parametric variation between English and Spanish with respect to bare nominal phrases. On the syntactic side, we focus on the grammatical reasons that explain one of the most frequent codeswitches in the data, which is the alternation between the Spanish definite article and the English noun

Keywords:   Codeswitching, Minimalist Program, Determiner Phrase, Economy Conditions, Formal Features, Feature-Checking

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