ERIC Number: ED403776
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Codeswitching, Grammar, and Sentence Production: The Problem of Dummy Verbs.
Ritchie, William C.; Bhatia, Tej K.
An analysis of intrasentential codeswitching patterns that refutes a common explanation is presented. It is suggested that the Matrix Language-Frame model, which claims codeswitching to be entirely a matter of sentence production, is inadequate to account for a common but hitherto unexplained phenomenon, the occurrence of "dummy" verbs under certain conditions in codeswitch utterances. It is suggested further that this phenomenon has a natural explanation within minimalist linguistic theory of grammatical competence. It is concluded that intrasentential codeswitching is not purely a performance or production phenomenon, but also involves aspects of linguistic competence. Contains 22 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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