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ERIC Number: EJ832692
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-1481-868X
"Nous" versus "on": Pronouns with First-Person Plural Reference in Synchronous French Chat
van Compernolle, Remi A.
Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics / Revue canadienne de linguistique appliquee, v11 n2 p85-110 2008
This article explores variation in the use of the pronouns "nous" and "on" for first-person plural reference in a substantial corpus of French-language Internet chat discourse. The results indicate that "on" is nearly categorically preferred to "nous," which is in line with previous research on informal spoken French. A qualitative analysis of "nous" tokens suggests that the use of this variant is limited to certain contexts, such as jokes, imitations and role-plays, or in order to refer to a group "seen from the outside." This research has implications for the study of discourse produced in electronic environments in relation to speech and writing. In concluding, the fate of "nous" is discussed and directions for future research on computer-mediated communication are advanced. (Contains 4 tables and 7 notes.)
Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics / Association canadienne de linguistique appliquee. Departement de langues, linguistique et traduction, Pavillon de Koninck, Universite Laval, Quebec, QC G1K 7P4, Canada. Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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