Date: Tue, 21 Dec 1993 01:10:30 -0700 From: Rudy Troike Subject: Re: modren metathesis Don, Re our exchange on code-switching bilingual radio stations, I think the growth of the phenomenon would make a subject for a great study, maybe even a dissertation, covering the whole area from South Texas to California. It is something that should be historically documented while information is still fresh. Also it would be interesting in and of itself to analyze and compare the patter of different deejays. Of the two locals my student inter- viewed, one grew up in an insistently monolingual Spanish home, so had very separated languages and native English pronunciation, while the other grew up in a code-switching home and acquired a Spanish-accented English, so that the phonological distinction usually cited between switching and borrowing does not work for him. His biographical history messes up the nice theoretical distinc- tion, making analysis more difficult. Another student is doing a spectro- graphic analysis to look at switch points for clues to processing and timing. Recently growing interest in language processing makes code-switching between different languages an ideal window into real-time operations in processing in a way no other intra-lingual behavior can. The prospects are exciting. Feliz Navidad, Rudy Troike