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Bilingual Speech
A Typology of Code-Mixing

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  • Date Published: November 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521023917

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  • This book provides an in-depth analysis of the different ways in which bilingual speakers switch from one language to another in the course of conversation. Pieter Muysken identifies three distinct patterns of mixing and explores how different mixing strategies depend on the contrasting grammatical properties of the languages involved, the degree of bilingual competence of the speaker and various social factors. The book synthesizes a vast array of recent research in a rapidly growing field of study that has much to reveal about the structure and function of language.

    • In depth analysis of the different types of language mixing from a comparative perspective
    • Draws together the latest research in a rapidly moving field and relates it to the general study of language contact
    • Wide focus, integrates both structural and sociolinguistic analyses
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    "Bilingual speech makes an important contrinbution to the field of lanugage contact....This is an obligatory reference for those working in the field of language contact from a grammatical prespective. It is a clear point of departure that future researchers cannot ignore if they seek to give a comprehensive explanation of the code-mixing facts that Muysken presents in his book." Language in Society

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521023917
    • length: 324 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • contains: 34 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The study of code-mixing
    2. Differences and similarities between languages
    3. Insertion
    4. Alternation
    5. Congruent lexicalization
    6. Function words
    7. Bilingual verbs
    8. Variation in mixing patterns
    9. Bilingual speech and language contact.

  • Author

    Pieter Muysken, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
    Pieter Muysken is Professor of Linguistics at Radboud University Nijmegen, after previously teaching at the universities of Amsterdam and Leiden. His specialism is language contact and he does research in the Andes, the Caribbean and the Netherlands.

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