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Title: Grammatical Variation across Space and Time
Subtitle: The French interrogative system
Written By: Martin Elsig
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=SILV%203
Series Title: Studies in Language Variation 3
Description:

Interrogative clauses in French show abundant variation, especially with
regard to the position of the subject vis-à-vis the finite verb, the
placement of the wh-word, and the use of question markers such as est-ce
que and ti/tu. This book presents a comprehensive study of the evolution
and use of French interrogative constructions across a time span of
approximately five hundred years by drawing on written sources (15th to
17th century) and oral data (19th and 20th century). Special attention is
paid to the regional variation between European French and Quebec French. A
variationist analysis reveals the relevant sociolinguistic factors
conditioning variant choice. On the basis of the results obtained, the
syntax of the different variants is modeled within the framework of
generative grammar. In particular, the progressive diachronic decline and
restriction of subject-verb inversion is argued to mirror the loss of verb
movement. This book is of interest to anyone concerned with syntactic
variation and change.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Sociolinguistics
Syntax
Etymology
Subject Language(s): French
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027234833
ISBN-13: 9789027234834
Prices: Europe EURO 105.00
U.S. $ 158.00
 
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ISBN:
ISBN-13: 9789027290373
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