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Abel Cruz publishes Linguistic factors modulating gender assignment in Spanish–English bilingual speech in the prestigious journal, Bilingualism:Language and Cognition

Abel Cruz

The paper studies how Spanish–English bilingual speakers alternate their two languages in a bilingual context. More specifically, the study examines a particular linguistic property of the two languages involved in language mixing (i.e., the fact that Spanish words, but not English words, are sorted out into masculine and feminine gender categories). The results reveal that both linguistic and language community norms determine how speakers combine two words from separate languages into a mixed linguistic unit.

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