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ERIC Number: EJ890931
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
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ISSN: ISSN-0749-596X
Syntactic Alignment and Shared Word Order in Code-Switched Sentence Production: Evidence from Bilingual Monologue and Dialogue
Kootstra, Gerrit Jan; van Hell, Janet G.; Dijkstra, Ton
Journal of Memory and Language, v63 n2 p210-231 Aug 2010
In four experiments, we investigated the role of shared word order and alignment with a dialogue partner in the production of code-switched sentences. In Experiments 1 and 2, Dutch-English bilinguals code-switched in describing pictures while being cued with word orders that are either shared or not shared between Dutch and English. In Experiments 3 and 4, the same task was embedded in a confederate-scripted dialogue situation, and the confederate's use of word order and sentence position of switching was manipulated. We found that participants had a clear preference for using the shared word order when they switched languages, but also aligned their word order choices and code-switching patterns with the confederate. These findings demonstrate how the integration of languages in sentence production depends on processes of syntactic co-activation between languages and on processes of alignment between dialogue partners, and extend the notion of interactive alignment to bilingual speech and code-switching. (Contains 3 figures and 11 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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