Bilingual Language Switching: Keeping the Distance

by Paige Wisehaupt and Matthew Osche

A metaphor often applied to code-switching, or using two languages in the same conversation, is language mixing. This study capitalizes on the known prosodic (rhythmic) structure of natural speech to examine recorded conversations from a Spanish-English bilingual community in northern New Mexico. Contrary to the mixing metaphor, bilinguals structure their language switches, utilizing specific types of prosodic boundaries. These results exemplify the systematic complexity of employing two languages in the same speech act.

Major: 
Film/Video and Spanish
Exhibition Category: 
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Exhibition Format: 
Poster Presentation
Campus: 
University Park
Faculty Sponsor: 
Rena Torres Cacoullos
Location: 
Alumni Hall, HUB-Robeson Center
Poster Number: 
249