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ERIC Number: EJ1244699
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020-Feb
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0008-4506
Future Temporal Reference in L2 French Spoken in the Laurentian Region: Contrasting Naturalistic and Instructed Context
Blondeau, Hélène; Lemée, Isabelle
Canadian Modern Language Review, v76 n1 p70-90 Feb 2020
This study focuses on L2 French spoken in two different Laurentian settings in Canada: L2 French spoken by anglophones who have developed bilingual community practices in Montreal, where French is the majority language; and L2 French spoken by anglophones who have learned French in a formal context in Ontario, where French is a minority language. The results highlight the same repertoire of variants for both groups. The analysis shows a clear preference for periphrastic future coupled with limited use of the inflectional future. Although futurate present is the third variant used by Anglo-Montrealers, it comes in second place for L2 speakers in Ontario. Results reveal the differential effect of various linguistic factors, such as polarity, temporal distance, and adverbial presence. The analysis also sheds light on the role of social environment in the variability displayed, and on the effect of intense contact on the use of the inflectional future.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; Canada (Montreal)