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Arabic Oral Media And Corpus Linguistics: A First Methodological Outline

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This chapter states that, when speakers engage in code-switching (CS) including Arabic, the asymmetries between the participating languages hold in similar ways as they do in other code-switching corpora and in line with predictions of the Matrix Language Frame (MLF) model (Myers-Scotton 1997, 2002). The 4-M model is a model of morpheme classification. Because it refines system morphemes, it adds precision to the MLF model. Yet, it is not an extension of the MLF model as some researchers seem to view it; the classification is intended to apply to all language data. The Uniform Structure Principle seems obvious when applied to monolingual data, but it needs stating because its role in bilingual data is not obvious at all. It considers five sets of examples that occur in CS involving Arabic that, at first glance, seem to elude analysis under the MLF model.

Keywords:Arabic; code-switching (CS); Matrix Language Frame (MLF) model; system morphemes



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