CLS Speaker Series - Lauren (Perrotti) Halberstadt (Penn State University) Investigating How Community Norms Affect the Processing of Codeswitched Language
Investigating How Community Norms Affect the Processing of Codeswitched Language
Is codeswitching costly? And if so, can the costs be mitigated? These questions guide the present studies to better understand how we produce and comprehend codeswitches. Given links between language usage and language processing, there is a glaring need to examine codeswitches in speakers who regularly engage in codeswitching. This was accomplished by recruiting participants from a single codeswitching community in Albuquerque, New Mexico and using natural speech samples as the experimental materials. To study production, a corpus of natural spoken codeswitched samples was created; to study comprehension, two experiments were conducted. During this talk, I will discuss the results of these studies which shed light on the way language variation within the community affects language processing in the individual.