Syntactic alignment and shared word order in code-switched sentence production

Evidence from bilingual monologue and dialogue

Gerrit Jan Kootstra, Adriana Van Hell, Ton Dijkstra

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Abstract

In four experiments, we investigated the role of shared word order and alignment with a dialogue partner in the production of code-switched sentences. In Experiments 1 and 2, Dutch-English bilinguals code-switched in describing pictures while being cued with word orders that are either shared or not shared between Dutch and English. In Experiments 3 and 4, the same task was embedded in a confederate-scripted dialogue situation, and the confederate's use of word order and sentence position of switching was manipulated. We found that participants had a clear preference for using the shared word order when they switched languages, but also aligned their word order choices and code-switching patterns with the confederate. These findings demonstrate how the integration of languages in sentence production depends on processes of syntactic co-activation between languages and on processes of alignment between dialogue partners, and extend the notion of interactive alignment to bilingual speech and code-switching.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)210-231
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Memory and Language
Volume63
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2010

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Chemical activation
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Sentence Production
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Experiment
Code-switching

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Artificial Intelligence

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In: Journal of Memory and Language, Vol. 63, No. 2, 01.08.2010, p. 210-231.

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