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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

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Title: Le PS: cher disparu de la rubrique nécrologique?
Author: Emmanuelle Labeau
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Institution: Aston University
Linguistic Field: Text/Corpus Linguistics; Historical Linguistics
Subject Language: French
Abstract: Le passé simple (PS) français, en tant que passé perfectif, semble fait pour l'article nécrologique qui relate les points forts d'une existence dans l'ordre chronologique. Cependant, des linguistes ont affirmé au cours du 20ème siècle que le PS était mourant. Il vaut donc la peine de voir si le PS est utilisé dans les articles nécrologiques et si son usage décline dans le temps.

Cette étude se penche sur un corpus synchronique (Le Monde, Le Figaro, L'Humanité, La Croix, Le Parisien) et un corpus diachronique (Le Monde, Le Figaro). Elle s'intéresse à l'évolution des formes et des fonctions du PS au cours du temps et dans les différents journaux. Elle évalue également la capacité des passé composé, imparfait, présent, plus-que-parfait et futur simple à jouer un rôle narratif dans l'article nécrologique.


This article appears in Journal of French Language Studies Vol. 19, Issue 1, which you can read on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .

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