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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: Les emplois référentiels du SN démonstratif en français et en néerlandais: pas du pareil au même
Author: Gudrun Vanderbauwhede
Institution: University of Leuven
Linguistic Field: Sociolinguistics
Subject Language: Dutch
Abstract: Cet article étudie les différences distributionnelles entre les emplois référentiels du SNdém en français et en néerlandais. En soumettant les données issues de deux corpus comparables (Dutch Parallel Corpus et Corpus de Namur) à notre modèle triangulaire systématique des emplois du SNdém, nous constatons que deux explications majeures permettent de comprendre la plus grande partie des divergences attestées au niveau des emplois référentiels du SNdém en français et en néerlandais, à savoir des normes stylistiques différentes en relation avec des différences linguistiques et des divergences au niveau du degré de déicticité des SNdém en français et en néerlandais.


This article appears in Journal of French Language Studies Vol. 22, Issue 2, which you can read on Cambridge's site .

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