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Title:In support of the Matrix Language Frame Model: evidence from Igbo-English intrasentential code-switching
Author:Ihemere, KelechukwuISNI
Periodical:Language Matters: Studies in the Languages of Africa (ISSN 1753-5395)
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:Igbo language
English language
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/10228195.2015.1110194
Abstract:This article explores the morphosyntactic features of mixed nominal expressions in a sample of empirical Igbo-English intrasentential code-switching data (i.e. codeswitching within a bilingual clause) in terms of the Matrix Language Frame (MLF) Model. Since both Igbo and English differ in the relative order of head and complement within the nominal argument phrase, the analysed data seem appropriate for testing the veracity of the principal assumption underpinning the MLF Model: the notion that the two languages (in our case Igbo and English) participating in code-switching do not both contribute equally to the morphosyntactic frame of a mixed constituent. As it turns out, the findings provide both empirical and quantitative support for the basic theoretical view that there is a Matrix Language (ML) versus Embedded Language (EL) hierarchy in classic code-switching as predicted by the MLF Model because both Igbo and English do not simultaneously satisfy the roles of the ML in Igbo-English code-switching. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]