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Title: La norme de prononciation québécoise en changement (1970–2008) ? L'affrication de /t, d/ et l'antériorisation de /ɑ̃/ chez les présentateurs des journaux télévisés de Radio-Canada
Author: Marc Chalier
Linguistic Field: Historical Linguistics; Sociolinguistics
Subject Language: French
Abstract: Cet article présente une étude diachronique portant sur le changement de la norme de prononciation québécoise entre 1970 et 2008 sur la base d'un corpus de quatre heures et trente minutes de journaux télévisés de Radio-Canada, 52 à 58 minutes d'enregistrements ayant été prises en compte tous les dix ans durant cette période. L’étude compare la perspective sociolinguistique externe sur la norme (de prononciation) à la perspective interne de la phonétique sur cette même norme en se basant sur une analyse quantitative de deux traits de prononciation particulièrement saillants du français québécois : l'affrication de /t, d/ ainsi que la réalisation antériorisée de /ɑ̃/. Les résultats indiquent – du moins pour ces deux traits de prononciation – un changement significatif partant du standard de prononciation parisien et débouchant sur un standard québécois, les changements les plus frappants pouvant être observés entre les années 1970 et 1990.

This article presents a diachronic study of changes in standard québécois pronunciation between 1970 and 2008, based on a four-and-a-half-hour corpus of Radio-Canada television news programs, with between 52 and 58 minutes of recordings every ten years during this period. The study compares an external sociolinguistic perspective on the pronunciation norm with an internal phonetic perspective on the same norm, based on a quantitative analysis of two particularly salient traits of Quebecois French pronunciation: affrication of /t,d/ and fronting of /ɑ̃/. The results indicate – at least for these two traits – a significant change from the Parisian standard to a Quebecois standard, with the most striking changes observable between 1970 and 1990.

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