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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: I’m not sure what you mean by “faithful” codeswitching, but concerning your question about why “a foreign import can alter the host sentence”, why not just do the same as with every other of the many, many borrowed words into English? You also say “a croissant” and “an impala”, or a “gracias” and “an obrigado”. Following the rules of the host language is common in the grammar of codeswitching. When you borrow words of English into gendered languages, for example, you assign a gender to those words. In Portuguese, the _internet_ is feminine and _software_ is masculine, and so are the modifiers which pattern with each of these words, respectively. Madalena
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Date: 11-Sep-2012
 
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