This study investigates the phonetic production of Spanish-English insertional codeswitches, constituents of an embedded language inserted within a discourse of a matrix language. While previous research on the phonetics of code-switching has focused exclusively on the segmental properties, the current study provides a detailed examination of the suprasegmental features of code-switched tokens, including pitch height and duration. Code-switched productions are compared with non-code-switched tokens, and results indicate that insertional code-switched tokens are produced with a degree of hyperarticulation, evidenced by an increase in pitch height and duration. The results are discussed within Hyper- and Hypo-articulation Theory, drawing on the notion of a decreased local probability incurred by insertional code-switches.


This is the author accepted manuscript of Olson, D. (2012). The phonetic correlates of insertional code switching: Suprasegmental analysis and a case for hyper-articulation. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism, 2(4), 439-457.

The version of record is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/lab.2.4.05ols.


code-switching, bilingualism, phonetics, suprasegmental, prosody, intonation

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