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Differential object marking in French: Myth or reality


Binder, Larissa; Stark, Elisabeth (2023). Differential object marking in French: Myth or reality. In: Irimia, Monica Alexandrina; Mardale, Alexandru. Differential Object Marking in Romance : Towards microvariation. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing, 56-84.

Abstract

This study is dedicated to the question whether French possesses (optional) DOM, i.e. direct object marking, which it answers in a negative way. French is traditionally considered to lack a differential marker for the direct object (cf. e.g. Körner, 1987). However, Fagard and Mardale (2014) claim in their large corpus study (12–13 billion tokens) that differential object marking (DOM) is an optional phenomenon in some non-standard varieties of French. Our data, stemming from an acceptability study plus a corpus analysis, do not confirm these findings, as native speakers show a wide range of negative responses in the acceptability tests. As for potential non-standard French varieties more prone to DOM, our data hint to a (very) weak regional effect (South-Western France).

Abstract

This study is dedicated to the question whether French possesses (optional) DOM, i.e. direct object marking, which it answers in a negative way. French is traditionally considered to lack a differential marker for the direct object (cf. e.g. Körner, 1987). However, Fagard and Mardale (2014) claim in their large corpus study (12–13 billion tokens) that differential object marking (DOM) is an optional phenomenon in some non-standard varieties of French. Our data, stemming from an acceptability study plus a corpus analysis, do not confirm these findings, as native speakers show a wide range of negative responses in the acceptability tests. As for potential non-standard French varieties more prone to DOM, our data hint to a (very) weak regional effect (South-Western France).

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Romance Studies
06 Faculty of Arts > Zurich Center for Linguistics
Dewey Decimal Classification:450 Italian, Romanian & related languages
460 Spanish & Portuguese languages
440 French & related languages
470 Latin & Italic languages
410 Linguistics
800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism
Language:English
Date:November 2023
Deposited On:24 Oct 2023 07:20
Last Modified:30 Mar 2024 04:45
Publisher:John Benjamins Publishing
Series Name:Linguistik aktuell
Number:280
ISSN:0166-0829
ISBN:9789027213907
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1075/la.280.03bin
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