Article published in:Sociolinguistic Variation in Contemporary French
Edited by Kate Beeching, Nigel Armstrong and Françoise Gadet
[IMPACT: Studies in Language, Culture and Society 26] 2009
► pp. 201–214
Discourse markers and regional variation in French
A lexico-semantic approach
This chapter examines several discourse markers (DMs) which are common in spontaneous Quebec French and which derive from verbs of perception/cognition (coudon ‘hey, by the way’, écoute ‘listen’) and temporal and consecutive markers (pis ‘and, so, so what?’, alors ‘so’, (ça) fait que ‘so’). From a lexico-semantic point of view, regional variation – a not insignificant characteristic of DMs – results from the fact that an item whose meaning predisposes it to become a pragmatic item becomes pragmaticalized in one region but not necessarily in the other, or does not attain the same degree of pragmaticalization in one region as in another.
Published online: 14 October 2009
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