For decades, linguists have treated code-switching as a special language of its own, and devised many constraints accounting for code-switching patterns in various language pairs. This book argues that code-switching is governed by the same constraints as those governing native pure languages, and hence code-switching data provide a window to our language faculty. Although some other works have already suggested that code-switching and pure languages are governed by the same syntactic rules, this book goes a step further and explores the possibility that both are constrained by the same system in terms of syntax, production, and pragmatics.
The Author: Brian Hok-Shing Chan is Lecturer in the Department of English at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He taught English and Linguistics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the City University of Hong Kong before he went to University College London for further study. He won an Overseas Researcher Scholarship (ORS) and received his Ph.D. in linguistics in 1999 from University College London.