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Title: A response to MacSwan (2005): Keeping the Matrix Language
Author: Janice L. Jake
Author: Carol Marie Myers-Scotton
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Homepage: http://myers-scotton.com
Institution: Michigan State University, USA
Author: Steven Gross
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Institution: Johns Hopkins University
Linguistic Field: Sociolinguistics
Abstract: This comment responds to some of the criticisms that MacSwan (2005) presents of the Matrix Language Frame (MLF) model of codeswitching (CS) in general and of Jake, Myers-Scotton and Gross (2002), in particular. The goal is to point out misunderstandings and misinterpretations that are the basis of MacSwan's critique. His attempt to show how the Minimalist Program can explain CS on its own fails. Theoretically, while either of the participating languages in CS could frame the bilingual CP, only one, the ML, does. That is, recognizing the construct of the ML as the source of the morpho-syntactic frame of each bilingual clause showing CS is necessary.

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This article appears in Bilingualism: Language and Cognition Vol. 8, Issue 3, which you can read on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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