Duelling Languages: Grammatical Structure in Codeswitching

Paperback | April 1, 1997

byCarol Myers-Scotton

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The goal of this book is to describe and explain intrasentential codeswitching - the production of two or more languages within the same sentence. Most linquists who do not study codeswitching think of it as belonging strictly in the domain of sociolinguistics. Most codeswitching studies doindeed have a social aspect, because they typically use naturally occurring performance data as their base. However, this book is just as much a study in grammatical theory as a study of language in use. The specific research question addressed is this: when speakers alternate between two or more linguistic varieties, how free is this alternation from the structural point of view? Carol Myers-Scotton develops a model of the morphosyntactic constraints on codeswitching; she concludes that theprinciples governing codeswitching are the same everywhere. Her findings support a lexically based model of language production.

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The goal of this book is to describe and explain intrasentential codeswitching - the production of two or more languages within the same sentence. Most linquists who do not study codeswitching think of it as belonging strictly in the domain of sociolinguistics. Most codeswitching studies doindeed have a social aspect, because they typi...

Carol Myers-Scotton is at University of South Carolina.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:300 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.71 inPublished:April 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019823712X

ISBN - 13:9780198237129

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`clear and easy to read ... Myers-Scotton's work has developed into the dominant paradigm for present-day research in this field ... we wish to stress ... the importance of Myers-Scotton's work for the field ... It has linked psycholinguistic, sociolinguistic, and grammatical concerns andcontains a number of valuable ideas that can lead to further hypotheses and a clearer view of how bilinguals function.'Pieter Muysken, Vincent de Rooij, University of Amsterdam, Linguistics 33 (1995