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Retention or omission of the ne in advanced French interlanguage: The variable effect of extralinguistic factors

Dewaele, Jean-Marc (2004) Retention or omission of the ne in advanced French interlanguage: The variable effect of extralinguistic factors. Journal of Sociolinguistics 8 (3), pp. 433-450. ISSN 1360-6441.

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Abstract

This article considers inter-individual variation in omission rates of the pre-verbal particle ne in 991 negations produced in conversations between 73 native an non-native speakers of French. It appears that both endogenous an exogenous extralinguistic factors are linked to omission rates of ne. Whereas age and gender were found to have little effect, the degree of extraversion of the speaker, the frequency of use of French and the native/non-native status of the speakers were correlated with omission rates. Among the exogenous factors it appeared that the composition of the dyad was linked to omission rates: non-native speakers interacting with native speakers omitted the ne more frequently than the non-native speakers in conversation with other non-native speakers. The theoretical implications of these findings are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Interlanguage variation, stylistic variation, ne deletion, French interlanguage, convergence
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Applied Linguistics and Communication
Depositing User: Barbara Cumbers
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2005
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:32
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/60

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