ERIC Number: ED382009
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jan
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The Interplay of Syntax and Discourse in the Explanation of Finnish-English Code-Switching.
A study of intrasentential code-switching in 21 Finnish-English bilinguals focuses on the characteristics of two types of switches: those that are fluent and those that reflect repair phenomena. Data are drawn from naturally occurring conversations. Analysis highlights patterns in the use of Finnish case morphology in 550 instances of switched nouns. It was found that the majority of English nouns within Finnish matrix sentences were in accordance with Finnish case morphology, reflecting the government constraint stipulated as a principle of universal grammar, and that most of those were cases of fluent code-switching. Of those nouns that were missing Finnish case morphology, most were accompanied by repair phenomena. Implications for the relationship between repair and syntax are discussed. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Repairs (Language)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (New Orleans, LA, January 5-8, 1995).