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Message 1: Spanish/English Codeswitching in a Written Corpus: Callahan

Date: Tue, 13 Jul 2004 10:52:36 -0400 (EDT)
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Subject: Spanish/English Codeswitching in a Written Corpus: Callahan

Title: Spanish/English Codeswitching in a Written Corpus
Series Title: Studies in Bilingualism 27

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher:	John Benjamins

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Author: Laura Callahan, The City College of New York

Hardback: ISBN: 9027241384, Pages: viii, 183 pp., Price: EURO 90.00


Spanish/English codeswitching in published work represents a claim to
the right to participate in the marketplace on a bilingual and not
just monolingual basis. This book offers a syntactic and
sociolinguistic analysis of the codeswitching in a corpus of thirty
texts: novels and short stories published in the United States by
twenty-four authors between 1970-2000. An application of the Matrix
Language Frame model shows that written codeswitching follows for the
most part the same syntactic patterns as its spoken counterpart. The
reasons why some written codeswitching is considered to be artificial
or inauthentic are examined. An overview of written codeswitching
research is given, including titles of many texts in addition to the
corpus that contain codeswitching between diverse languages. The book
concludes with a look at how codeswitching is used by writers to
attain their objectives, and what the implications may be for the
relative positions of Spanish, English, and Spanish/English
codeswitching in the United States.

Table of contents

Introduction 1 
1. Codeswitching: Form and function 5 
2. The texts: From single word switches to every other phrase 25
3. A grammatical and discourse function analysis 47 
4. Written codeswitching and codeswitching in nonprint media 81 
5. Written codeswitching: Writers, readers, and speakers 99 
5. A sociolinguistic mirror 121 
6. The costs of codeswitching 137 
References 147 
Appendices 165 
Index of names 171 
Index of subjects 177

Lingfield(s):	Bi- & Multilingualism
		Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language(s):	English (Language code: ENG)
			Spanish (Language code: SPN)
Written In:	English (Language Code: ENG)

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