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Variable Liaison, Diglossia, and the Style Dimension in Spoken French

Hornsby, David (2019) Variable Liaison, Diglossia, and the Style Dimension in Spoken French. French Studies, 73 (4). pp. 578-597. ISSN 0016-1128. (doi:10.1093/fs/knz156) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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This article tests the diglossia hypothesis, according to which informal/spoken and formal/written French have diverged to the point of being separate High and Low varieties in Haugen's (1966) terms, using a corpus of data from 96 speakers examined for variable liaison in scripted and unscripted style. While the data do not lend support for a diglossia model, they do not in themselves refute it, because the the hypothesis as it stands is empirically unfalsifiable. A comparison of the speakers investigated here and 'professionnels de la parole publique', i.e. individuals for whom speaking in public is an occupational requirement, suggests nonetheless that the diglossia model offers a poor fit for liaison data, and an alternative four-level model for this complex variable is proposed.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1093/fs/knz156
Uncontrolled keywords: French, sociolinguistics, stylistic variation, liaison
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PC Romance philology and languages
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > French
Depositing User: David Hornsby
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2019 11:12 UTC
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2020 10:13 UTC
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