Anglo-Norman and the 'plural history' of French: The connectives pourtant and à cause que

Ingham, R. (2011) Anglo-Norman and the 'plural history' of French: The connectives pourtant and à cause que. Revue Francaise de Linguistique Appliquee, 16 (2). pp. 107-119. ISSN 13861204 (ISSN)

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Abstract

Localised and dated administrative documents and other such textual resources in three Anglo-Norman electronic corpora provide a new perspective on variation in pre-modern French. They may offer insights into important aspects of spatial and register variation across time. These new resources allow a better-informed picture of semantic-pragmatic changes in the history of French to be obtained than is available in traditional approaches favouring the development of francien and standard French. It is shown here that the the connectives pourtant et à cause que appear in Anglo-Norman with their present-day meanings well before the dates proposed in historical reference dictionaries. Frequent data occurrences available from Anglo-Norman texts of the XIVth century will facilitate the investigation of the beginnings of semantic changes in post-medieval French lexis. © Pub. Linguistiques.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Anglo-Norman, Connectives, Register, Semantic change
Subjects: R100 French studies
Divisions: UoA Collections > UoA29: English Language and Literature
Depositing User: Hussen Farooq
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2017 13:39
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2017 13:39
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2037

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