Subordinate Clause Marking in Montreal Anglophone French and English

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Subordinate Clause Marking in Montreal Anglophone French and English
Abstract
The authors investigate the variable presence of overt complementizers in the bilingual repertoire of young Anglophone Montrealers, examining approximately 1,600 sentences in spoken French and English. The effects of linguistic constraints are compared between their two languages, and also to recent research on Quebec City Anglophones’ and to L1 Quebec Francophones’ speech. The authors also examine instances of usage of the verbs of quotation "be like" and "être comme." They argue that patterns of several linguistic constraints affecting the variation help us understand the intersection of subordinate clause-marking and the grammaticization of "be like/être comme" as verbs of quotation as well as better understand advanced stages of second language acquisition.
Book Title
Social Lives in Language - -Sociolinguistics and Multilingual Speech Communities: Celebrating the Work of Gillian Sankoff
Place
Amsterdam, Netherlands & Philadelphia, PA
Publisher
John Benjamins
Date
2008
Pages
273-313
Language
en
Citation
Blondeau, Hélène, and Naomi Nagy. “Subordinate Clause Marking in Montreal Anglophone French and English.” In Social Lives in Language - -Sociolinguistics and Multilingual Speech Communities: Celebrating the Work of Gillian Sankoff, edited by Miriam Meyerhoff and Naomi Nagy, 273–313. Amsterdam, Netherlands & Philadelphia, PA: John Benjamins, 2008.
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