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Contact-induced linguistic innovations on the continum of language use: The case of French in Ontario

Contact-induced linguistic innovations on the continum of language use: The case of French in Ontario

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Title: Contact-induced linguistic innovations on the continum of language use: The case of French in Ontario
Author: Mougeon, Raymond
Nadasdi, Terry
Rehner, Katherine
Abstract: In this paper we present a methodological approach that can be used to determine the likelihood that innovations observed in a minority language are the result of language contact. We then use this methodological approach to frame a discussion of data concerning eight innovations that can be attributed to transfer from the majority language (English) to the French of Francophones residing in the province of Ontario in Canada. This discussion shows, notably, how systemic and extra-systemic factors play a role in the emergence of these innovations. We also demonstrate that there are interesting differences in the extent to which these innovations are used across speaker groups and communities, and we argue that such differences suggest that there are thresholds of language contact associated with the emergence, or lack thereof, of particular transfer-induced innovations.
Subject: French -- Ontario
Sociolinguistic variation
English Influence
Ontario
Language Transfer
Minority Language Variation
French
Type: Article
Rights: The definitive version was first published in Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 8(2): 99-115.
http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=BIL
URI: http://www.cambridge.org
doi:10.1017/S1366728905002142
doi:10.1017/S1366728905002142
http://hdl.handle.net/10315/1279
Published: Multilingual Matters & Channel View Publications
Citation: Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 8(2): 99-115
ISSN: 1366-7289
Date: 2005

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