Socio-pragmatic functions of codeswitching in Nuyorican & Cuban American literature

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This chapter emphasizes the social, pragmatic, and cultural nature of codeswitching (CS) over the search for grammatical constraints on the phenomenon. While the bulk of research performed on language mixing has concentrated on spontaneous oral production, the present investigation focuses on CS in literary writing. Through the quantitative and qualitative analysis of a selection of contemporary Nuyorican and Cuban American bilingual literature (poetry, drama, and fiction) the goal of the study is to determine the extent to which literary CS reflects ordinary bilingual speech and performs socio-pragmatic functions similar to those ascribed to natural bilingual discourse. It also seeks to establish whether literary CS displays any substantial differences across genres and/or between the two groups analyzed.


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