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|Title:||Chinese-English Code-Mixing: A Case of Matrix Language Assignment||Authors:||Kamwangamalu, N.M.
|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||URI:||http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/129393||ISSN:||08832919|
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