Volume 65, Issue 1
  • ISSN 0169-7420
  • E-ISSN: 2213-4883
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This article is about the triggering hypothesis for codeswitching. The original version of the hypothesis is not compatible with recent theories on speech production. Its claim that words have a raised chance of being codeswitched when they verge on a trigger word is inconsistent with the assumption that language choice occurs before the formation of a surface structure. A new version of the triggering hypothesis has been developed winch states that the selection of a cognate, due to a large semantic overlap with its translation equivalent, increases the chance of a codeswitch occurring at a following selection procedure. Both the original and the adjusted versions of the triggering hypothesis have been tested and both are partially borne out by the data.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
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