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ERIC Number: EJ1130212
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0023-8333
Negation in Near-Native French: Variation and Sociolinguistic Competence
Donaldson, Bryan
Language Learning, v67 n1 p141-170 Mar 2017
This study investigated how adult second language (L2) speakers of French with near-native proficiency realize verbal negation, a well-known sociolinguistic variable in contemporary spoken French. Data included 10 spontaneous informal conversations between near-native speakers of French and native speakers (NSs) closely acquainted with them. Although some near-native speakers retained "ne" more frequently than their interlocutors, others produced "ne" at rates indistinguishable from the NSs. A variationist analysis of 1,877 examples of negation revealed that the near-native speakers had largely acquired the relevant linguistic and sociostylistic factors that condition NS use, although an important subset of the near-native speakers did not vary their ne use according to whether the negation appears in a lexicalized or nonlexicalized phrase. The results contribute to understanding L2 near-nativeness, specifically with respect to sociolinguistic competence in adult learners.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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