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Bilingual discourse Markers in Puerto Rican Spanish

Lourdes Torrkes
Language in Society
Vol. 31, No. 1 (Feb., 2002), pp. 65-83
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4169152
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Bilingual discourse Markers in Puerto Rican Spanish
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Abstract

This study examines bilingual discourse markers in a language contact situation. The focus is on how English-dominant, bilingual, and Spanish-dominant New York Puerto Ricans integrate English-language discourse markers into their Spanish-language oral narratives. The corpus comprises 60 Spanish-language oral narratives of personal experience extracted from transcripts of conversations with New York Puerto Ricans. After a review of the study of discourse markers in language contact situtations, the use of English-language discourse markers is compared to the use of Spanish-language markers in the texts. The discussion considers the question of whether English-language discourse markers are more profitably identified as instances of code-switching or of borrowing. Finally, the essay explores how bilingual speakers integrate English discourse markers in their narratives with a pattern of usage and frequency that varies according to language proficiency.

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