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Code-Switching

Unifying Contemporary and Historical Perspectives

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  • Applies current grammatical models and theories of code-switching to historical texts

  • Offers insight into code-switching as a mode of communication in different periods and settings

  • Argues that the cognitive principles underpinning language mixing have remained unchanged over the centuries

Part of the book series: New Approaches to English Historical Linguistics (NAEHL)

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Table of contents (4 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    • Mareike L. Keller
    Pages 1-10
  3. Understanding the Grammar of Mixed Language

    • Mareike L. Keller
    Pages 11-37
  4. Early English Code-Switching

    • Mareike L. Keller
    Pages 39-77
  5. Code-Switching Across Time and Space

    • Mareike L. Keller
    Pages 79-91
  6. Back Matter

    Pages 93-94

About this book

"This book offers a path-breaking and meticulously detailed analysis of historical code-switching in written-origin and spoken-origin formats. Particularly effective is the recourse to original manuscripts to resolve issues of textual interpretation. Researchers in the historical linguistics field will appreciate its authoritative presentation of code-switching frameworks and how they shed light on multilingualism in earlier times." -- Richard Ingham, University of Westminster, UK

"This well-written book is essential reading for anyone interested in historical and modern code-switching, but also for historical linguists and medievalists in general, combining linguistic theory and philological analysis. The author convincingly argues that the Matrix Language Frame model, developed for modern code-switching, is fully applicable to the analysis of earlier multilingual data and that the general principles of code-switching have remained stable over the centuries." -- Herbert Schendl, University of Vienna, Austria

This book systematically discusses the link between bilingual language production and its manifestation in historical documents, drawing together two branches of linguistics which have much in common but are traditionally dealt with separately. By combining the study of historical mixed texts with the principles of modern code-switching and bilingualism research, the author argues that the cognitive processes underpinning the human capacity to produce mixed utterances have remained unchanged throughout history, even as the languages themselves are constantly changing. This book will be of interest to scholars of historical linguistics, syntactic theory (particularly generative grammar), language variation and change.

Mareike L. Keller is Junior Lecturer at Mannheim University, Germany. Her research focuses on historical bilingualism and code-switching patterns. 

Keywords

  • syntactic theory
  • multilingualism
  • translanguaging
  • code-switching
  • language contact
  • language variation
  • palaeography
  • diachronic linguistics
  • generative grammar
  • philology
  • Middle English
  • Latin
  • bilingualism

Authors and Affiliations

  • Anglistik IV, University of Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany

    Mareike L. Keller

About the author

Mareike L. Keller is Junior Lecturer at Mannheim University, Germany. Her research focuses on historical bilingualism and code-switching patterns.

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eBook
USD 54.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-34667-6
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
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  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book
USD 69.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)