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The influence of linguistic and social factors on the recent decline of French ne

Armstrong, N. and Smith, A. (2002) The influence of linguistic and social factors on the recent decline of French ne. Journal of French Language Studies, 12 (1). pp. 23-41. ISSN 1474-0079

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In this article we present some results showing the decline in radio speech in the use of the French negative particle ne over the last forty years or so. These results derive from a comparison of two radio corpora: an archival corpus recorded by Ågren (1973) in 1960–61. The second, contemporary corpus was recorded and analysed by one of the present authors (Smith) in 1997. Having described the variable in question, we present these corpora in turn and analyse results deriving from them. We then examine some of the linguistic constraints that endorse the progressive decline of ne in some contexts while hindering the process in others. Finally we consider some elements of the social context within which the decline of ne has been occurring.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: Copyright © 2002 Cambridge University Press.
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Arts (Leeds) > School of Modern Languages and Cultures (Leeds) > French (Leeds)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2006
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2014 08:06
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0959269502000121
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1017/S0959269502000121
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1006

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