Syntactic variation in spoken French

Nathalie Rossi-Gensane

in Varieties of Spoken French

Published in print July 2016 | ISBN: 9780199573714
Published online October 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780191818011 | DOI:
Syntactic variation in spoken French

More Like This

Show all results sharing these subjects:

  • Phonetics and Phonology
  • Sociolinguistics


Show Summary Details


This chapter is dedicated to the syntax of spoken French. Section 1, which focuses on ‘orality’, presents some phenomena related to ‘oral’ situational parameters with reference to spoken French: speech production processes, ‘ellipsis’, the use of deictics, and discourse markers. Section 2 considers whether we speak in sentences or not, and examines the use of tenses, moods, and voices in spoken French, the frequent non-use of negative ne, as well as the use of interrogative constructions. Section 3, entitled ‘Between syntax and discourse’, evokes the so-called ‘syntax of spoken French’, and mentions some preferred constructions in spoken French, i.e. left detachment (or dislocation) and presentational structures, before closing with a brief reflection on whether spoken French can be considered as an illustration of syntactic variation.

Keywords: syntax; spoken French; speech production process; deixis; discourse marker; sentence; interrogative construction; left detachment; presentational construction; syntactic variation

Chapter.  8436 words. 

Subjects: Phonetics and Phonology ; Sociolinguistics

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content. subscribe or login to access all content.