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Subject: What happens at the boundary of a phonological code-switch?
Question: I want to embed a Japanese word into my English speech, but
I want to be faithful to the Japanese pronunciation, so I enter
a ''Japanese pronunciation mode''. Briefly, I understand this
as an example of code-switching.

For example, the Japanese word for thank you is [aɾiɡatoː]<あ
りがとう>. Now I want to say ''it is {a/an} aɾiɡatoː'', or
alternatively if [koaɾiɡatoː] was the word I would want to say ''it
is {a/an} koaɾiɡatoː''. The assumption is that I am going to be
100% prosodically and segmentally faithful to the embedded
Japanese word. To be precise, let # be the switch point. Then
English phonology imposes upon you the obligation

/a/->[an] / _V

But if you actually say [it is an aɾiɡatoː] (and this seems to be
the observed form) you didn't apply the above rule, but a rule
of the form

/a/->[an] / _#V

This seems contradictory to your intention to code switch; the
intention was for V to be under the sole purchase of
Japanese phonology, but clearly V has participated in a rule
of English phonology. I don't understand why, when under the
assumption of faithful code switching, a foreign import can
alter the host sentence.

Reply: This strikes me as something that you have to be a linguist to see as an issue, if you will allow me to put it like that! Surely the English rule is to use "an" if the next chunk of speech begins physically with a vowel sound, which 'arigato' even spoken in a good Japanese accent does; the rule doesn't care about abstract things like your "#" symbol?

Geoffrey Sampson

Reply From: Geoffrey Richard Sampson      click here to access email
 
Date: 11-Sep-2012
 
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  3. Re: What happens at the boundary of a phonological code-switch?    James L Fidelholtz     (11-Sep-2012)
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