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ROMANIAN-ENGLISH CODE-SWITCHING: A PRELIMINARY STUDY

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This paper takes a new look at syntactic constraints on code-switching by analyzing code-switches between Romanian (a Romance language never before included in a code-switching study) and English.  Romanian-English code-switching provides evidence against the universality of Poplack’s (1980) syntactic constraints on code-switching.  Moreover, it reveals that code-switches that would be impossible from a minimalist point of view (MacSwan, 1999) do not actually crash at LF.  Thus, recent minimalist claims such as MacSwan’s (1999) should integrate Sridhar and Sridhar’s (1980) hypothesis that a guest language adjusts to syntactic and semantic prerogatives of the host language.

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Ene, E., (2001) “ROMANIAN-ENGLISH CODE-SWITCHING: A PRELIMINARY STUDY”, Journal of Second Language Acquisition and Teaching 8, p.45-55.

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Estela Ene (University of Arizona)

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