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ERIC Number: EJ937623
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
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ISSN: ISSN-1366-7289
Code-Switching and the Optimal Grammar of Bilingual Language Use
Bhatt, Rakesh M.; Bolonyai, Agnes
Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, v14 n4 p522-546 Oct 2011
In this article, we provide a framework of bilingual grammar that offers a theoretical understanding of the socio-cognitive bases of code-switching in terms of five general principles that, individually or through interaction with each other, explain how and why specific instances of code-switching arise. We provide cross-linguistic empirical evidence to claim that these general sociolinguistic principles, stated as socio-cognitive constraints on code-switching, characterize multi-linguistic competence in so far as they are able to show how "local" functions of code-switching arise as specific instantiations of these "global" principles, or (products of) their interactions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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