Publication details [#60393]

Mougeon, Raymond and Catherine Rehner. 2015. Stylistic and discursive functions of French negative particle ne in an educational context. Journal of Sociolinguistics 19 (5) : 585–611.
Publication type
Article in journal
Publication language
Language as a subject
Place, Publisher


This paper explores students' and teachers' use/non-use of the negative ne particle in the high schools of four Ontario Francophone communities. For teachers in a formal classroom context, some evidence exists that ne use/non-use is not fully destitute of stylistic markedness. Inquiry of ne use/non-use co-occurring with two phonological alternatives of post-verbal negator plus discloses findings that are relevant for the discussion on the potential of studying stylistic variation in spoken French as a kind of diglossic code-switching.