ERIC Number: ED280264
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Sep-13
Reference Count: 0
Word-Internal Code-Switching Constraints in a Bilingual Child's Grammar.
The correlation between a bilingual's usage of grammatical morphemes from one of his/her languages and his/her language dominance is examined. The subject is a three-year-old Danish/English bilingual who code-switches at the morpheme level even though she has never been exposed to a code-switching bilingual community. Co-occurrence restrictions are found in her code-switching grammar as follows: English grammatical morphemes co-occur with either English or Danish lexical morphemes, but Danish grammatical morphemes co-occur only with Danish lexical morphemes. It appears that in utterances containing morpheme-level code-switching, the encoding of grammatical morphemes in one language is an indication of the dominance of that language. By that criterion, the code-switching of this subject is English-dominant. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Minnesota Linguistics Conference (Minnesota, September 13, 1986).