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Languages 2016, 1(1), 8; doi:10.3390/languages1010008

Mixed Verbs in Code-Switching: The Syntax of Light Verbs

Department of Linguistics, University of Geneva, Geneva 1211, Switzerland
Academic Editors: Usha Lakshmanan, Osmer Balam and Tej K. Bhatia
Received: 5 October 2015 / Revised: 8 March 2016 / Accepted: 13 May 2016 / Published: 17 June 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Mixed Verbs and Linguistic Creativity in Bi/multilingual Communities)
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Abstract

This study investigates word order variation in Korean-English and Japanese-English code-switching, with specific focus on the relative placement of the object and the verb in two contrasting word orders, Object-Verb (OV) vs. Verb-Object (VO). The results of an experiment eliciting code-switching judgment data provides strong evidence indicating that the distinction between heavy vs. light verbs plays a major role in deriving different word orders in mixed verb constructions in Korean-English and Japanese-English code-switching. In particular, an explanation pursued in this research supports the hypothesis that parametric variation is attributed to differences in the features of a functional category in the lexicon, as assumed in Minimalist Syntax. View Full-Text
Keywords: code-switching; light verbs; light verb constructions; word order; feature inheritance; idioms code-switching; light verbs; light verb constructions; word order; feature inheritance; idioms
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