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Title: Factors Driving Lexical Variation in L2 French: A variationist study of automobile, auto, voiture, char and machine
Author: Terry Nadasdi
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Institution: University of Alberta
Author: Raymond Mougeon
Institution: York University
Author: Katherine Rehner
Institution: University of Toronto at Mississauga
Linguistic Field: Language Acquisition; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics
Subject Language: French
Abstract: Our paper examines lexical variation in the spoken French of second language learners and focuses on words referring to the notion of ‘automobile’ (i.e., automobile, auto, voiture, char and machine). Results reveal that while students do follow the native speaker pattern of using the neutral variant auto in most instances, they diverge from native speakers by making no use of the vernacular form char and relatively high use of the prestige variant voiture. The principal external factors that influence variant choice are students' home language and the representation of variants in the input to which students are exposed.


This article appears IN Journal of French Language Studies Vol. 18, Issue 3, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .

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