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Introduction to the special issue: "Negation and Clitics in French: Interaction and Variation"


Stark, E; Meisner, C; Völker, H (2014). Introduction to the special issue: "Negation and Clitics in French: Interaction and Variation". Journal of French Language Studies, 24(1):1-7.

Abstract

This introduction presents very briefly some of the main issues currently discussed around negation particles and clitics in contemporary French and taken up by the six contributions it assembles, namely language change (grammaticalisation of clitics into agreement markers, completion of the Jespersen Cycle) vs. stable variation, and external (sociolinguistic) or internal (phonotactic, prosodic, or syntactic) factors triggering variation in both cases; the hypothesis of a potential diglossia in French opposing two grammars with considerable syntactic differences. Five out of six contributions focus on modern standard and non-standard varieties of French, with a formal theoretical background, while one shows a more philological-descriptive approach and is dedicated to Old French manuscripts.

Abstract

This introduction presents very briefly some of the main issues currently discussed around negation particles and clitics in contemporary French and taken up by the six contributions it assembles, namely language change (grammaticalisation of clitics into agreement markers, completion of the Jespersen Cycle) vs. stable variation, and external (sociolinguistic) or internal (phonotactic, prosodic, or syntactic) factors triggering variation in both cases; the hypothesis of a potential diglossia in French opposing two grammars with considerable syntactic differences. Five out of six contributions focus on modern standard and non-standard varieties of French, with a formal theoretical background, while one shows a more philological-descriptive approach and is dedicated to Old French manuscripts.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Romance Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism
470 Latin & Italic languages
410 Linguistics
440 French & related languages
460 Spanish & Portuguese languages
450 Italian, Romanian & related languages
Language:English
Date:2014
Deposited On:17 Feb 2014 09:58
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 17:39
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN:0959-2695
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1017/S0959269513000409
Official URL:http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=9161315&fulltextType=IN&fileId=S0959269513000409
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