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Foreign-Language Quotations and Code-Switching: the Grammar Behind

Abstract : In this paper, I look into a minor language-contact phenomenon — foreign-language quotations — and explore its connections to a widely studied language-contact phenomenon — code-switching. Rather than focus on the sociolinguistic dimension of these phenomena, I concentrate on the issue of their grammaticality. I start from the widely accepted assumption that code-switchers are competent bilingual speakers and that there is a grammar underlying code-switched utterances. I then turn to a variety of cross-linguistic quotations and examine its connections to code-switching. My hypotheses are (i) that the use of quotations from other languages is also grammatically constrained, (ii) that the grammar governing it is similar (the same?) as that behind code-switching.
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Philippe de Brabanter. Foreign-Language Quotations and Code-Switching: the Grammar Behind. ESSE Conference (European Society for the Study of English), Sep 2004, Saragosse. ⟨ijn_00000556⟩



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