Chapter published in:Code-switching – Experimental Answers to Theoretical Questions: In honor of Kay González-Vilbazo
Edited by Luis López
[Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics 19] 2018
► pp. 195–222
Phonological factors of Spanish/English word internal code-switching
This chapter examines phonological factors of Spanish/English word-internal code-switching. Specifically, we empirically test the claim that a code-switched word cannot contain phonological elements from two languages (Bandi-Rao & den Dikken, 2014; MacSwan & Colina, 2014). In this pilot study we examine production of English /z/ (not part of the Spanish phonological inventory) in morphologically switched nonce verbs with an English root and Spanish affixes. Data from an elicited production task administered in English/Spanish code-switching and monolingual Spanish conditions indicate that the early Spanish/English bilinguals tested do not maintain English phonology ([z]) in the English root of the switched verb. Instead, Spanish phonology is applied to the entire word, which provides preliminary support for the posited ban on word-internal phonological switches.
Keywords: code-switching, bilingualism, Spanish phonology
Published online: 16 November 2018
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