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Reflexivity and discourse-pragmatic variation and change

Beeching, Kate

Authors

Kate Beeching Kate.Beeching@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics



Contributors

Henry Tyne
Editor

Mireille Bilger
Editor

Paul Cappeau
Editor

Emmanuelle Guerin
Editor

Abstract

This chapter takes a corpus linguistic approach to the investigation of reflexive, or metacommenting, expressions in French, primarily si tu veux/si vous voulez (STV/SVV). STV and SVV form part of a range of frequently occurring reflexive devices which function to flag a speaker’s hesitancy about a lexical choice, as we can see in the following example:

le cierge à trois branches consist- était + euh + un p- un chose un + un pied si vous voulez + dont + trois branches
(CRFP)
‘the candle with three branches consist- was + er + a f – a thing a + foot if you like + with + three branches’

The chapter discusses the challenges associated with applying classic variationist approaches to discourse-pragmatic items, and presents the distributional frequencies and collocates of STV/SVV across time-dated corpora of spoken French. The chapter concludes by suggesting that an onomasiological approach offers some promise in the investigation of discourse-pragmatic variation and change and that corpus approaches can go some way to meet the challenge posed by the operationalisation of the ‘envelope of variation’ when studying pragmatic markers.

Publication Date May 1, 2017
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 157-179
Series Title GRAMM-R
Series Number 36
Book Title La variation en question(s) Hommages à Françoise Gadet
ISBN 9782807602960
APA6 Citation Beeching, K. (2017). Reflexivity and discourse-pragmatic variation and change. In H. Tyne, M. Bilger, P. Cappeau, & E. Guerin (Eds.), La variation en question(s) Hommages à Françoise Gadet, 157-179. Peter Lang. https://doi.org/10.3726/b10950
DOI https://doi.org/10.3726/b10950
Keywords discourse-pragmatic variation and change - reflexivity - si tu veux /si vous voulez
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.3726/b10950
Additional Information Additional Information : This is the author's accepted manuscript. The final published version can be accessed via the following link: http://dx.doi.org/10.3726/b10950

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