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Academic Paper

Title: The Emergence of Emphatic 'ne' in Conversational Swiss French
Author: Bonnibeth Beale Fonseca-Greber
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Institution: Bowling Green State University
Linguistic Field: Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics
Subject Language: French
Abstract: This study explores 'ne' use in a previously unexamined variety of French: Swiss French. Based on a corpus of conversation among friends and family recorded at home, the results of this study show the lowest 'ne' use reported for adult, middle-class speakers of European French, 2.5%. It also shows that 'ne' functions micro-stylistically to effect micro-shifts in register allowing speakers to enact the institutional talk of public discourse. Finally, a new function appears to emerge: the use of 'ne' as an emphatic, where it tends to appear in foregrounded clauses often with other emphatics, functioning as speaker evaluation or involvement.


This article appears IN Journal of French Language Studies Vol. 17, Issue 3.

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