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Two languages, one effect: structural priming in spontaneous code-switching

Torres Cacoullos, Rena; Travis, Catherine


We investigate here the contribution of code-switching and structural priming to variable expression of the Spanish first person singular subject pronoun in the New Mexican bilingual community. Comparisons with both Spanish and English benchmarks indicate no convergence of Spanish toward English grammar, including in the presence of code-switching, where the linguistic conditioning of variant selection remains unaltered. We find a language-internal and cross-language priming effect, albeit of...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015-04-30
Type: Journal article
Source: Bilingualism: Language and Cognition
DOI: 10.1017/S1366728914000406


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