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Discourse-pragmatic variation in Paris French and London English: Insights from general extenders

Secova, Maria (2017). Discourse-pragmatic variation in Paris French and London English: Insights from general extenders. Journal of Pragmatics, 114 pp. 1–15.

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Abstract

This paper examines the use of general extenders (GEs), such as and stuff in English and et tout in French, in Paris French and London English. We aim to compare the social and the linguistic conditioning of extender use in the two languages, discuss the different kinds of spread in the two cities and reflect on the specificity of discourse-pragmatic variation.

The study shows that GE forms as well as frequencies vary across factors such as gender, age and ethnicity, while some variants also appear to be grammaticalising and acquiring new pragmatic functions. The analysis includes a comparison of different age groups, and finds that different types of generational change may be occurring in both languages.

In London, forms such as and stuff and and that diverge along ethnic lines, whereas in Paris et tout is becoming the dominant variant across the board. While different variants in both languages are indirectly associated with different social categories, they perform similar pragmatic functions such as hedging, marking solidarity and appealing to common knowledge between the speaker and the interlocutor(s).

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2017 Elsevier B.V.
ISSN: 0378-2166
Keywords: general extenders; grammaticalisation; language change; youth language
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Languages and Applied Linguistics > Languages
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Languages and Applied Linguistics
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Item ID: 56643
Depositing User: Maria Secova
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2018 10:44
Last Modified: 02 May 2019 17:11
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/56643
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