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    Subject pronoun expression and language mode in bilingual Spanish

    de Prada Pérez, Ana (2018) Subject pronoun expression and language mode in bilingual Spanish. Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics, 11 (2). pp. 303-336. ISSN 1939-0238

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    In research on Spanish subject pronoun expression, Spanish-English bilinguals have been shown to present higher rates of expressed subjects in code-switching than in monolingual Spanish mode, an outcome attributed to perseveration from English or to convergence with English. In this study we seek to arbitrate between these competing accounts. For that purpose, productions were elicited from bilinguals in an oral elicitation task, manipulating perseveration source and target structures in three modes: monolingual Spanish, language switching, and code-switching. Participants demonstrated the anticipated sensitivity to perseveration across conditions and effects of bilingual mode in the code-switching condition, with greater expressed pronoun use with omitted subject primes. These results allow us to isolate structural perseveration from bilingual effects and to ascribe the source of increased use of expressed pronominal subjects in bilingual Spanish to dual language activation or convergence.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: subject expression; structural persistence; syntactic perseveration; priming; code-switching; bilingual mode;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures > Spanish
    Item ID: 13033
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    Depositing User: Ana DePrada Perez
    Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2020 17:08
    Journal or Publication Title: Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics
    Publisher: De Gruyter Open
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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