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dc.contributorUritescu, Dorin
dc.contributorMougeon, Raymond
dc.contributorRehner, Katherine
dc.contributorNadasdi, Terry
dc.identifier.citationInternational Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching, 42(4): 349-364
dc.description.abstractThis article is one among a series of studies on the acquisition of patterns of linguistic variation observable in the speech of native speakers of Canadian French by French immersion (FI) students. The present study is centered on deletion of the central vowel schwa, a widespread feature of casual spoken French. In this study, FI students are compared with same age native speakers of Ontario French. Our study has arrived at the following main findings: (I) Fl students delete schwa much less frequently than do the speakers of Ontario French; (II) FI students observe the same phonetic constraints that influence schwa deletion in native Ontario French; (III) FI students do not observe the constraint of topic formality which is observable in native Ontario French; and (IV) FI students who have had extracurricular contacts with native speakers of French display higher rates of schwa deletion than the FI students who have not had such contacts.en_US
dc.publisherMouton de Gruyter
dc.rightsThe definitive article was published in the International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching, 42(4): 349-364.
dc.subjectFrench -- Ontario
dc.subjectFrench Immersion
dc.subjectSecond language acquisition
dc.subjectFrench as a Second Language
dc.subjectSociolinguistic variation
dc.titleAcquisition of the internal and external constraints of variable schwa deletion by French Immersion students

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