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Simulating Spanish-English code-switching: El modelo está generating code-switches


Tsoukala,  Chara
Center for Language Studies , External Organizations;
International Max Planck Research School for Language Sciences, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Max Planck Society;

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Tsoukala, C., Frank, S. L., Van den Bosch, A., Kroff, J. V., & Broersma, M. (2020). Simulating Spanish-English code-switching: El modelo está generating code-switches. In E. Chersoni, C. Jacobs, Y. Oseki, L. Prévot, & E. Santus (Eds.), Proceedings of the Workshop on Cognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics (pp. 20-29). Stroudsburg, PA, USA: Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL).

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0009-64D9-2
Multilingual speakers are able to switch from one language to the other (“code-switch”) be- tween or within sentences. Because the under- lying cognitive mechanisms are not well un- derstood, in this study we use computational cognitive modeling to shed light on the pro- cess of code-switching. We employed the Bilingual Dual-path model, a Recurrent Neu- ral Network of bilingual sentence production (Tsoukala et al., 2017) and simulated sentence production in simultaneous Spanish-English bilinguals. Our first goal was to investigate whether the model would code-switch with- out being exposed to code-switched training input. The model indeed produced code- switches even without any exposure to such input and the patterns of code-switches are in line with earlier linguistic work (Poplack, 1980). The second goal of this study was to investigate an auxiliary phrase asymmetry that exists in Spanish-English code-switched pro- duction. Using this cognitive model, we ex- amined a possible cause for this asymmetry. To our knowledge, this is the first computa- tional cognitive model that aims to simulate code-switched sentence production.