Vol. 5 No. 2 (2018)
SHORT PAPERS

El estudio de cambio de código en un corpus de breves textos literarios

An Vande Casteele
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Published January 21, 2019

Keywords:

Spanglish, code-switching, corpus analysis, Matrix Language Frame

Abstract

The present study investigates the different types of code-switching in a literary corpus in order to evaluate the degree of code change. A corpus-based approach is adopted to identify the intersentential and intrasentential changes and the tag-switching cases in a literary corpus of short stories written in Spanglish. In the present article a case study on the use of code-switching in Más estrellas que en el cielo, a short story written by Alberto Fuguet, is presented in order to illustrate how we proceed. The final aim of the study is to position each example, and then in a more general way, each text, on a scale in which the two codes, Spanish and English, are located in the extreme points and, as such, to determine the degree of code switching.

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