Chiara Fedriani, Maria Napoli

Which type of bilingualism? A corpus-based approach to the use of Greek in Late Latin

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Keywords: Historical Sociolinguistics; Textual Bilingualism; Written Codeswitching; Single-Word Switch; Degrees of Competence.

This paper aims to investigate different manifestations of the change of code from Latin to Greek in Late Latin literature. These switches are interpreted as instances of a special type of bilingualism, namely, "textual bilingualism". We have examined code switching and single-word switches in an annotated corpus including various literary genres, pursuing an integrated qualitative and quantitative approach. Our research has allowed us to identify different functions related to language-mixing practices in Late Latin, which point to different degrees of competence in Greek.

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