ISBN: 9780262320351 | 336 pp. | December 2014

Grammatical Theory and Bilingual Codeswitching

Edited by 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 involves 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 theoretically significant work by the leading researchers in the field.

Each contribution investigates a particular grammatical phenomenon as it relates to bilingual codeswitching data, mostly from a Minimalist perspective. The contributors first offer detailed grammatical accounts of codeswitching, then consider phonological and morphological issues that arise from the question of whether codeswitching is permitted within words. Contributors additionally investigate the semantics and syntax of codeswitching and psycholinguistic issues in bilingual language processing. The data analyzed include codeswitching in Spanish-English, Korean-English, German-Spanish, Hindi-English, and Amerindian languages.

Shoba Bandi-Rao, Rakesh M. Bhatt, Sonia Colina, Marcel den Dikken, Anna Maria Di Sciullo, Daniel L. Finer, Kay E. González-Vilbazo, Sílvia Milian Hita, Jeff MacSwan, Pieter Muysken, Monica Moro Quintanilla, Erin O'Rourke, Ana Teresa Pérez-Leroux, Edward P. Stabler Jr., Gretchen Sunderman, Almeida Jacqueline Toribio

Table of Contents

  1. Acknowledgments
  2. 1. Programs and Proposals in Codeswitching Research

    Jeff MacSwan

  3. I. Grammatical Analysis
  4. 2. Movement Triggers and Reflexivization in Korean-English Codeswitching

    Daniel L. Finer

  5. 3. On the Asymmetric Nature of the Operations of Grammar

    Anna Maria Di Sciullo

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

    Almeida Jacqueline Toribio and Kay E. González-Vilbazo

  7. 5. Categorial Mismatches in the Syntax and the Lexicon

    Pieter Muysken

  8. 6. Argument Licensing in Optimal Switches

    Rakesh M. Bhatt

  9. II. Codeswitching, Morphology, and the PF Interface
  10. 7. Light Switches

    Shoba Bandi-Rao and Marcel den Dikken

  11. 8. Some Consequences of Language Design

    Jeff MacSwan and Sonia Colina

  12. III. Codeswitching and the LF Interface
  13. 9. The Semantic Interpretation and Syntactic Distribution of Determiner Phrases in Spanish-English Codeswitching

    Monica Moro Quintanilla

  14. 10. Codeswitching and the Syntax-Semantics Interface

    Sílvia Milian Hita

  15. IV. Codeswitching and Language Processing
  16. 11. A Minimalist Parsing Model for Codeswitching

    Edward P. Stabler and Jeff MacSwan

  17. 12. Language Dominance and Codeswitching Asymmetries

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

  18. Contributors
  19. Index