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Second-generation speech

Lexicon, code-switching and morpho-syntax of Croatian-English bilinguals

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Jim Hlavac

This book examines the Croatian speech of 100 Croatian-English bilingual adults in Melbourne. The focus of this study is directed at the transference of English words and forms in otherwise Croatian speech. An examination of English-origin forms, whether single or multiple items, is matched against various contemporary models of code-switching. Furthermore, grammatical structures divergent from those found in homeland Croatian are presented. They reveal possible consequences of contact-induced language change. As such, this work represents a recent contribution to the study of code-switching and languages in contact.
Contents: Croatian-English bilingualism – Lexical transference – Code-switching – Contact-induced language change – Languages in contact.