Paper: The Production of Code-Mixed Discourse

ACL ID P98-1002
Title The Production of Code-Mixed Discourse
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1998

We propose a comprehensive theory of code- mixed discourse, encompassing equivalence- point and insertional code-switching, palin- dromic constructions and lexical borrowing. The starting point is a production model of code-switching accounting for empirical observations about switch-point distribution (the equivalence constraint), well-formedness of monolingual fragments, conservation of con- stituent structure and lack of constraint be- tween successive switch points, without invok- ing any "code-switching grammar". Code- switched sentence production makes alternate reference to two virtual monolingual sentences, one in each language, and is based on conser- vative conditions on language labeling of con- stituents, together with a constraint against real-time "look-ahead" from one code-s...