Duelling Languages: Grammatical Structure in Codeswitching Carol Myers-Scotton

ISBN: 9780198237129

Published: March 27th 1997

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304 pages


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Duelling Languages: Grammatical Structure in Codeswitching  by  Carol Myers-Scotton

Duelling Languages: Grammatical Structure in Codeswitching by Carol Myers-Scotton
March 27th 1997 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 304 pages | ISBN: 9780198237129 | 5.24 Mb

The goal of this book, a companion volume to Social Motivations for Codeswitching (Oxford, 1993) is to describe and explain intrasentential codeswitching--the production of two or more languages within the same sentence. Most linguists who do notMoreThe goal of this book, a companion volume to Social Motivations for Codeswitching (Oxford, 1993) is to describe and explain intrasentential codeswitching--the production of two or more languages within the same sentence. Most linguists who do not study codeswitching think of it as belonging strictly in the domain of sociolinguistics.

Most codeswitching studies do indeed have a social aspect, because they typically use naturally occurring performance data as their base. This book, however, 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 and concludes that the principles governing codeswitching are the same everywhere.



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