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Code-switching, lexico-grammatical features and loan translation.
Code-switching, lexico-grammatical features and loan translation.

Data from a large Macedonian-English corpus

Author(s): Jim Hlavac
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Lexis, Semantics
Published by: TLU Institute of Estonian Language and Culture
Keywords: code-switching; grammaticalisation; loan translation; light verbs; Macedonian;

Summary/Abstract: This paper looks at the speech of bilinguals, in this case a group of 103 Macedonian-Australians and focuses on code-switching in a lexical sense, e.g. embedding, insertion, alternation, referring to lexical material that is transferred across languages, regardless of length. Two- or multi-item constructions as a code-switching related phenomenon are investigated, especially the role of light-verb constructions. Lexico-grammatical and lexico-semantic influence (via loan translation) is examined to see whether imported lexical items co-occur with and appear to precipitate structural innovations.

  • Issue Year: 1/2016
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 38-60
  • Page Count: 23
  • Language: English