Linguistic constraints on intrasentential code-switching: a study of Spanish/Hebrew bilingualism

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dc.contributor.author Berk-Seligson, Susan
dc.date.accessioned 2010-02-08T18:54:18Z
dc.date.available 2010-02-08T18:54:18Z
dc.date.issued 1986
dc.identifier.citation Berk-Seligson, Susan. "Linguistic Constraints on Intrasentential Code-Switching: A Study of Spanish/Hebrew Bilingualism." Language in Society 15.3 (1986): 313-48. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0047-4045
dc.identifier.uri http://www.jstor.org/stable/4167766 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1803/3832
dc.description.abstract In recent years, research has increasingly pointed toward the universality of three linguistic constraints on code-switching: (i) an equivalence of structure constraint, (2) a size-of-constituent constraint, and (3) a free morpheme constraint. The evidence derived from this study challenges the universality of the first two of these constraints, and argues instead that their claim to universality is largely a function of the coincidental relative similarity in the syntactic structure of Spanish and English, the two languages upon which most code-switching studies have been based. The present study breaks out of the Spanish-English mold and draws upon data from a language contact situation in which the two languages are syntactically very different from each other, namely, Spanish and Hebrew. The evidence presented also challenges the frequently made assertion that type of code-switching, namely, intra-versus intersentential code-switching, is correlated with degree of bilingualism of the speaker. Finally, the evidence suggests that intrasentential code-switching ability cannot, as some have argued, universally be considered a measure of bilingualism nor a mark of the balanced bilingual. (Code-switching, Spanish, Hebrew, bilingualism, syntactic constraints) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Cambridge University Press en_US
dc.subject Code-switching en_US
dc.subject Spanish en_US
dc.subject Hebrew en_US
dc.subject Syntactic constraints en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Spanish language -- Syntax en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Bilingualism en_US
dc.title Linguistic constraints on intrasentential code-switching: a study of Spanish/Hebrew bilingualism en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.college College of Arts & Science en_US
dc.description.department Department of Spanish and Portuguese en_US

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