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Construction, acquisition et communication: Études linguistiques de discours contemporains
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of French, Italian and Classical Languages.
2006 (French)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The fourteen articles in this volume provide examples of work in three fields dealing with (1) linguistic constructions, (2) second language acquisition and (3) communication, especially media discourse.

The first group contains six articles concerned primarily with syntactic and semantic questions in contemporary French. They demonstrate among other things that the position of the adjective in French affects its semantics, with an adjective placed before the noun being more dependent than one placed after the noun. It is also shown that the use of the French past participle differs significantly in written and spoken language, depending on the type of past participle. Other articles in this group show that the possessive pronoun does not always express possession and that in some uses demonstrative pronouns can be dependent on a following relative clause.

Together, the three articles in the second group show that even the most advanced learners of a foreign language can be influenced by their mother tongue and that presentation techniques are relatively similar among speakers, whether they be language learners, aphasics or native speakers.

The third group, consisting of five articles, demonstrates that in the press the present participle is used mostly as an adjective placed after the noun, whereas in literary texts it usually has the function of an attribute or is used in absolute constructions. It is also established that there are considerably more exclamations, markers of spoken language and plays on words in the headlines of the French satirical paper examined than in those of informative newspapers. In another article in this group, the author shows how the use of Spanish second-person forms of address in the singular and plural varies in advertisements in order to create intimacy on one hand and distance on the other. In another article in this group, rules, principles and sanctions are also examined, based on the author’s participation in a French language chat site. The last article demonstrates the use of a quantitative approach in interactional analyses, based on a video recording from a television broadcast.

A majority of the articles treat aspects of written and spoken modern French. The materials examined enable the authors to define characteristics of different text genres, ranging from formal to informal language, and also present theoretical, terminological and grammatical analyses of linguistic phenomena and usage at different levels of language.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Acta Universitatis Stockholmiensis, 2006. , 298 p.
Romanica Stockholmiensia, ISSN 0557-2657 ; 23
Keyword [en]
French language, syntactic constructions, semantics, second language
National Category
Specific Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-1406ISBN: 91-85445-49-5OAI: diva2:190026
The book includes articles by: Martin Riegel, Marc Wilmet, Georges Kleiber, Anne-Marie Berthonneau, Claire Blanche-Benveniste, Michèle Noailly, Monique Lambert, Clive Perdue, Dominique Willems, Odile Halmøy, Françoise Sullet-Nylander, Johan Falk, Coco Norén och Mathias Broth.Available from: 2006-12-19 Created: 2006-12-19 Last updated: 2012-07-03Bibliographically approved

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