Spanish-English Codeswitching in the Caribbean and the US

Rosa E. Guzzardo Tamargo | University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras
Catherine M. Mazak | University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez
ORCID logoM. Carmen Parafita Couto | Leiden University
ISBN 9789027258106 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027266675 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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This volume provides a sample of the most recent studies on Spanish-English codeswitching both in the Caribbean and among bilinguals in the United States. In thirteen chapters, it brings together the work of leading scholars representing diverse disciplinary perspectives within linguistics, including psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, theoretical linguistics, and applied linguistics, as well as various methodological approaches, such as the collection of naturalistic oral and written data, the use of reading comprehension tasks, the elicitation of acceptability judgments, and computational methods. The volume surpasses the limits of different fields in order to enable a rich characterization of the cognitive, linguistic, and socio-pragmatic factors that affect codeswitching, therefore, leading interested students, professors, and researchers to a better understanding of the regularities governing Spanish-English codeswitches, the representation and processing of codeswitches in the bilingual brain, the interaction between bilinguals’ languages and their mutual influence during linguistic expression.
[Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics, 11] 2016.  viii, 326 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“This attractive volume brings together many of the key researchers in this important domain. It reflects the wide multidisciplinary scope of this research topic, and extends into written sources, a welcome addition.”
“Taking as a starting point the construct of codeswitching, this brilliant roster of scholars provides great insights into the language of speakers of many ethnicities and nationalities who regularly use Spanish and English. The scope of the investigation includes speech and writing, as well as subjects of different ethnolinguistic affiliations. The book will be a most useful tool for both scholarship and teaching for anyone interested in bilingualism.”
“This is an impressive collection of first-rate articles focusing on the now-problematized notion of codeswitching. It is a must-read for researchers interested in Spanish-English bilingualism in the United States and the Caribbean and for those engaged in the debates on translanguaging, codeswitching, and codemixing. The editors are to be congratulated for bringing together an outstanding volume.”
“This book might well be unique in its explicit agenda of studying codeswitching from a cross-disciplinary and cross-methodological perspective. Every major topic is represented in this volume and discussed by a major specialist.”
“This volume is a comprehensive and interdisciplinary update on research involving the language pair which has given rise to some of the most influential and ground-breaking research on codeswitching. Just as work on Spanish-English codeswitching has in the past provided the model for research on most other language pairs, this state of the art collection will no doubt have an important impact on future developments in codeswitching research in general. Bringing together the work of leading scholars adopting diverse perspectives and drawing on a wide range of data from different geographical areas, it will thus be essential reading for codeswitching researchers and students from all disciplinary backgrounds.”
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CFDM: Bilingualism & multilingualism

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LAN009050: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Sociolinguistics
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