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Word order variation in interrogative structures of native and non-native French

Dewaele, Jean-Marc (1999) Word order variation in interrogative structures of native and non-native French. ITL - International Journal of Applied Linguistics (123), pp. 161-180. ISSN 0019-0810.

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Abstract

Inter-individual variation in the use of direct interrogative structures (N=450) is explored in a corpus of spoken native and non-native French. A quantitative analysis of the data reveals that while non-native speakers seem to avoid non-standard structures, they do not use more formal variants systematically. Comparison with data from other native and non-native corpora reveals important differences in the frequency of particular interrogative structures. The choice of interrogative structure seems to be influenced by a number of situational, pragmatic and socio-stylistic variables.

Item Type: Article
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Applied Linguistics and Communication
Depositing User: Dr JM Dewaele
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2012 08:36
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:33
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/5144

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