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Testing convergence via code-switching: priming and the structure of variable subject expression

Torres Cacoullos, Rena; Travis, Catherine


In this study, we test the hypothesis that code-switching promotes grammatical convergence by investigating Spanish first-person singular subject (yo 'I') expression in bilingual conversations of New Mexican speakers of Spanish and English. We find that variable yo expression in New Mexican Spanish follows the same grammatical patterning as has been identified for non-contact varieties, and that this is the case regardless of the degree of bilingualism of the speakers. We observe a slightly...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: International Journal of Bilingualism
DOI: 10.1177/1367006910371025


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