ERIC Number: ED254071
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Interference lexicale dans la langue quebecoise rurale (1900-1950) (Lexical Interference in Rural Quebec's Language, 1900-1950).
A study of rural Quebec's language showed that by comparison with the urban version, it is less influenced by anglicisms, and the borrowing that has occurred is not solely of terms of civilization designating objects or notions susceptible to exchange between anglophones and francophones in Quebec. Certain anglicisms seem to have become integrated into rural Quebecois in diverse domains, including forestry, business and commerce, and industry, and have stayed outside the realm of family and farm life. In other cases it seems that English words have been adopted to fill gaps in French vocabulary. The study's report outlines the characteristics of both monomorphemic and polymorphemic borrowings, including: (1) the mechanisms of interference, both the borrowing of entire words and the borrowing of meaning only; (2) interlinguistic coincidences; and (3) modes of adaptation of borrowings (phonetic, graphemic, morphological, morphosyntactic, and semantic). The overall balance of lexical interference and the prospects for persistence or disappearance are also discussed. An appendix contains tables of the frequency and distribution of a variety of borrowings, and a bibliography and an index of borrowed terms are also included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Laval Univ., Quebec (Quebec). International Center for Research on Bilingualism.