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Title: Chinese-English Code-Mixing: A Case of Matrix Language Assignment
Authors: Kamwangamalu, N.M. 
Lee, C.-L. 
Issue Date: 1991
Citation: Kamwangamalu, N.M., Lee, C.-L. (1991). Chinese-English Code-Mixing: A Case of Matrix Language Assignment. World Englishes 10 (3) : 247-261. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: A language assignment test was administered to Chinese-English bilingual speakers (N = 59) in Singapore to determine whether there exists a matrix language to a code-mixed sentence - a language whose morphosyntactic rules govern the syntactic structure of code-mixing (CM). Data drawn from natural conversations were analyzed. Results showed that the matrix language exists, that bilingual speakers can intuitively identify it, & that this matrix language authorizes the mixing of linguistic elements of the other language - the embedded language. Implications for CM syntactic structure & constraints are discussed.
Source Title: World Englishes
ISSN: 08832919
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