Ellen F. Prince's scientific contributions

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This paper addresses the question of what drives syntactic change and it proposes that at least some cases of (language-internal) syntactic change may result from (language-external) pragmatic and semantic borrowing. More specifically, I propose that the following chain of events is unexceptional: (1)Speakers of a language may borrow the meaning --...
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this paper, we have considered bilingual intrasentential code-switching and we have found that the ban on closed class switching claimed in much of the literature is at first blush contradicted by the data. Closer examination, however, reveals that the apparent closed class switching we find is virtually limited to switches from L2 to L1. In light...

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... Most proffered examples and counter-examples of code-switching restrictions based on grammatical categories run afoul of language-specific factors that confound the search for constraints on language mixing (e.g., Mahootian and Santorini 1996;Prince and Pintzuk [1983] 2000; Woolford 1983). For example, although general similarities can be observed, head-to-head structural comparison between Spanish and English subject pronouns is not feasible, because Spanish is a "null-subject" language in which verb inflection is sufficient to identify the subject of a sentence, whereas in English, subject pronouns must be overtly expressed. ...