Syntactically conditioned code-switching? The syntax of numerals in Beni-Snous Berber

  title={Syntactically conditioned code-switching? The syntax of numerals in Beni-Snous Berber},
  author={Lameen Souag and Fatma Kherbache},
  journal={International Journal of Bilingualism},
  pages={115 - 97}
Aims and objectives: Grammatical rules in one language that induce the speaker to switch to another language (Matras’ ‘bilingual suppletion’) are reported for two languages: Beni-Snous Berber (as described in Destaing’s 1907 work Etude sur le dialecte berbère des Beni-Snous), and Jerusalem Domari (as described in Matras’s 2012 work A grammar of Domari). Few details are available, yet the two cases show greater similarities than expected if any grammatical rule could specify switching. This… Expand

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