Acrisio Pires Co-Authors Journal Paper on "Bilingualism and Language Change: The Case of Pronominal Clitics in Catalan and Spanish"
U-M Linguistics Professor Acrisio Pires was published in the International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism. In this paper, the authors presented, to the best of their knowledge, the first description and preliminary analysis of pronominal clitics of Majorcan Catalan (MC) and Majorcan Spanish (MS) as produced by Catalan-Spanish bilinguals in Majorca. "Bilingualism and Language Change: The Case of Pronominal Clitics in Catalan and Spanish" was authored by Amelia Jiménez Gaspar (University of the Balearic Islands), Acrisio Pires (U-M) and Pedro Guijarro-Fuentes (University of the Balearic Islands).
This paper investigates the knowledge of bilingual speakers of Catalan and Spanish regarding the production of object pronominal clitics (excluding non-reflexive third-person clitics), with a focus on: (i) their morphology, considering the variants that coexist for each form, and (ii) their syntactic placement (proclitic or enclitic) with respect to the verb. We present results from a study of thirty-nine simultaneous bilingual Catalan-Spanish speakers, residents of several geographic areas of Majorca, Spain, including the capital, Palma, and several villages. The speaker data came from a spontaneous oral production task carried out separately in each one of the two languages. We also analyze historical data from a diachronic corpus of Catalan to evaluate whether clitic properties of the Catalan produced by bilinguals constitute grammatical innovations in the language. The results indicate that bilingual speakers of Majorcan Catalan mostly acquire archaic forms for clitics (proclitics and enclitics) that also match the corresponding form of Majorcan Spanish clitics. We interpret these results as showing an effect of bilingualism with Spanish that has contributed to the preservation of archaic forms in the grammar of bilingual speakers of Catalan in Majorca because these forms partially match the ones found in Spanish.
Amelia Jiménez Gaspar, Acrisio Pires and Pedro Guijarro-Fuentes. 2017. Bilingualism and language change: The case of pronominal clitics in Catalan and Spanish. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism. Published online June 21st, 2017.