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Reactions to (In)felicitous Codeswitching: Heritage Speakers vs. L2 Learners
Kim Potowski and Mariška Bolyanatz
116-129 (complete paper or proceedings contents)


Recent research has compared the codeswitching (CS) production of heritage speakers vs. L2 learners (Liebscher and Dailey-O'Cain 2004; Potowski 2009). However, such findings do not tell us whether these two kinds of speakers have similar constraints on CS, in particular whether they reject the same types of infelicitous CS. Anderson (2006) showed that self-reported proficiency of L2 learners as well as their level of familiarity with the fairy tale they listened to correlated with their ability to perceive differences between felicitious and infelicitous CS. The present study utilizes two fairy tales from Anderson (2006), one familiar (Cinderella) and one less familiar (The City Mouse and the Country Squirrel) read by the same speaker. A total of 441 participants (123 heritage speakers and 318 Spanish L2 learners) listened to the 2 codeswitched stories and completed grammaticality judgments of eight specific types of CS. Results show that heritage speakers and L2 learners reacted similarly to both kinds of CS, and that the familiarity of the story had a similar effect on the ratings of both groups of students. This suggests that L2 learners do develop sensitivity to the felicitousness of CS.

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Selected Proceedings of the 14th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium
edited by Kimberly Geeslin and Manuel Díaz-Campos
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