8. Two Linguistic Systems in Contact: Grammar, Phonology, and Lexicon

  1. Tej K. Bhatia and
  2. William C. Ritchie
  1. Pieter Muysken

Published Online: 3 OCT 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118332382.ch8

The Handbook of Bilingualism and Multilingualism, Second Edition

The Handbook of Bilingualism and Multilingualism, Second Edition

How to Cite

Muysken, P. (2012) Two Linguistic Systems in Contact: Grammar, Phonology, and Lexicon, in The Handbook of Bilingualism and Multilingualism, Second Edition (eds T. K. Bhatia and W. C. Ritchie), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118332382.ch8

Editor Information

  1. Syracuse University, USA

Author Information

  1. Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 OCT 2012
  2. Published Print: 7 NOV 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444334906

Online ISBN: 9781118332382

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Keywords:

  • code-switching;
  • grammatical interference;
  • language contact research;
  • lexicon;
  • morpho-syntax;
  • phonology

Summary

This chapter outlines some of the recent findings in the domain of language contact, focusing on three sub-domains of the language system: morpho-syntax; phonology; and lexicon. The study of phonology in language contact remains underrepresented, not just at the empirical, but certainly also at the conceptual level. The chapter first discusses the sub-domains of morpho-syntax, followed by phonology and lexicon together. The attention then turns to language contact research methodology. At present the fields of code-switching and morpho-syntactic interference are organized as separate domains of inquiry. The difference between them is simple: in the case of code-switching or code-mixing, lexical material from two languages is present in the clause, as well as morpho-syntactic structure from both languages. Interference involves morpho-syntactic structure from two languages, but lexical material from only one of them.