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Grammatical Theory and Bilingual Codeswitching

Jeff MacSwan


Codeswitching is the alternate use of two or more languages among bilingual interlocutors. It is distinct from borrowing, which involves the phonological and morphological integration of a word from one language into another. Codeswitching entails the mixing of phonologically distinctive elements into a single utterance: Mi hermano bought some ice cream. This volume examines the grammatical properties of languages mixed in this way, focusing on cases of language mixing within a sentence. It considers the grammar of codeswitching from a variety of perspectives, offering a collection of theoreti ... More

Keywords: Codeswitching, Syntax, Grammar, Minimalist Program, Morphology, Syntax, Bilingualism, Multilingualism, Language mixing

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780262027892
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262027892.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeff MacSwan, editor
University of Maryland

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Part I Grammatical Analysis

4 Operator Movement in English-Spanish and German-Spanish Codeswitching

Almeida Jacqueline Toribio and Kay E. González-Vilbazo

Part II Codeswitching, Morphology, and the PF Interface

Part III Codeswitching and the LF Interface

Part IV Codeswitching and Language Processing

11 A Minimalist Parsing Model for Codeswitching

Edward P. Stabler and Jeff MacSwan

12 Language Dominance and Codeswitching Asymmetries

Ana Teresa Pérez-Leroux, Erin O’Rourke, and Gretchen Sunderman

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