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Title: A Study in Syntactic Variation
Subtitle: Mood Usage in Gabonese French
Written By: Rebecca Mitchell
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in French Linguistics 08
Description:

This study examines the ways in which the use of the subjunctive in Gabon
varies from that of standard French, and the extent to which such variation
can be accounted for by sociolinguistic variables, and also by formal,
internal factors.

Gabon is a multiethnic region characterised by a high degree of literacy
and French mother tongue usage, which has been the subject of considerably
fewer linguistic studies than certain other African francophone nations,
and certainly none which explores mood variation. The study assesses the
extent to which mood usage in Gabon reflects the findings of existing
variationist studies on mood in other francophone regions, especially
Canada and northern France. The findings are based on interviews with a
judgment sample of one hundred speakers, and the data collected is analysed
both qualitatively and quantitatively, taking into account a set of
secondary variables, namely socio-economic status and geographical origin,
as well as morphosyntactic features cited in existing literature as
exerting an influence on mood choice. For the purposes of comparison, and
to highlight the salient features of the Gabonese data, this study also
examines the validity of existing classifications of the subjunctive,
potential subjunctive-triggering matrices which exhibit particular
variation and the implications of this variation, and examines the issue of
endogenous norms in African French. Finally, this study hypothesises that
Gabonese French can be placed on a continuum of regional mood usage, and
can be considered to be a regional variety of French.

Chapter summary:

1. Review of existing literature on the French subjunctive
2. The linguistic situation in Gabon and endogenous norms in Africa
3. The pilot survey
4. Analysis of subjunctive usage in Gabon
5. Comparison with usage in France
6. Conclusions

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
Sociolinguistics
Syntax
Subject Language(s): French
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Versions:
Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783895866111
Pages: 244
Prices: Europe EURO 62.70