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English Words and Phrases in Dholuo-English Codeswitching
Eunita D. A. Ochola
208-220 (complete paper or proceedings contents)


This paper analyzes the distribution of singly occurring English words and English phrases, in Dholuo-English codeswitching. The paper adopts the Matrix Language Frame model (Myers-Scotton, 2002; Myers-Scotton, 1993 [1997]; and the 4-M model of Myers-Scotton and Jake, 2000) to explain how these elements are morphologically integrated into Dholuo morphosyntactic frame. The research question addressed in this paper is: Does CS between a Nilotic language (Dholuo) and English support the analysis of CS under the MLF model? This analysis shows that Dholuo is the Matrix Language, the only language supplying the grammatical frame, in such constructions. Data come from taped conversation between 7 adults and four children aged 9 and 12 Dholuo-English bilingual speakers studying in the USA in 1996.

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Selected Proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference on African Linguistics: Shifting the Center of Africanism in Language Politics and Economic Globalization
edited by Olaoba F. Arasanyin and Michael A. Pemberton
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