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Natural codeswitching knocks on the laboratory door

  • CAROL MYERS-SCOTTON (a1)

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This contribution discusses findings and hypotheses from empirical data of naturally-occurring codeswitching. The discussion is framed by some comparisons of the approaches of contact linguists and psycholinguists to bilingual production data. However, it emphasizes the relevance of naturally-occurring codeswitching to the theoretical questions asked by psycholinguists. To accomplish this, relevant grammatical structures in codeswitching are exemplified and analyzed. Analysis largely follows the Matrix Language Frame (MLF) model, but differing approaches are mentioned.

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Address for correspondence: Carol Myers-Scotton, Linguistics Program and Department of English, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208, USA E-mail: carolms@gwm.sc.edu

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I thank Albert Costa for commenting extensively on earlier versions of this manuscript and for advice from Judith Kroll. Discussions with Jan Jake helped throughout the lengthy process of arriving at the final manuscript. Of course only I am responsible for what appears here.

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Natural codeswitching knocks on the laboratory door

  • CAROL MYERS-SCOTTON (a1)

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