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ERIC Number: EJ845976
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1481-868X
Living in Ontario French
Nadasdi, Terry
Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics / Revue canadienne de linguistique appliquee, v8 n2 p167-181 2005
This article presents a variationist analysis of verbs meaning "reside" in Ontario French. Four lexical variants are examined: "demeurer," "habiter," "rester" and "vivre." Results reveal that "rester" is used most often by unrestricted speakers and least often by those whose use of French is restricted. "Vivre" is found frequently in the speech of restricted speakers. This result is attributed to intersystemic transfer from English, due to the similarities between "vivre" and the English verb "live." "Demeurer" is used most often in the minority community of Pembroke. Finally, "habiter" is almost never used in Ontario French. In addition, variation is shown to be conditioned by lexical priming. (Contains 7 tables and 5 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
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada