Massimo Cerruti

Code-switching in Italo-Romance: a variationist study of convergence in bilingual speech

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This paper deals with grammatical aspects of code-switching between Italian and Italo-Romance dialects, and focuses on the case of negative constructions featuring a MICA-type particle (i.e. a particle deriving from the Latin MICA (M) "crumb") in a corpus of Italian and bresciano speech data. The case at hand, which will be examined following the so-called comparative variationist method (cf. Poplack & Tagliamonte 2001 inter alia), will offer valuable insight into the conventionalization of mixing patterns and the interplay between code-switching and convergence in Italo-Romance.


  • Code-Switching
  • Convergence
  • Sociolinguistic Variation
  • Italian
  • Italo-Romance Dialects


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