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By Ruth King

This booklet is an in depth research of French-English linguistic borrowing in Prince Edward Island, Canada which argues for the centrality of lexical innovation to grammatical switch. Chapters 1-4 current the theoretical and methodological views followed besides the sociolinguistic background of Acadian French. bankruptcy five outlines the elemental beneficial properties of Acadian French morphosyntax. bankruptcy 6 offers an summary of Read more...

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That their history is not well known is perhaps explained by the fact that, following the Treaty of Utrecht and the granting of fishing rights to the French along the so-called French shore of Newfoundland, all settlement between Cape Bonavista to the north and along the west coast to Point Riche to the south was in theory forbidden. However, despite the treaty’s conditions, by the mid-1850s there were approximately 1500 settlers in the area, including English and Scottish settlers and Micmacs from Cape Breton Island along with the Acadians, who formed the majority.

In this regard see Morin (1977) for Marais Vendéen French. 40 THE LEXICAL BASIS OF GRAMMATICAL BORROWING of Standard French in the socioeconomic lives of residents, plays a major role in linguistic variation. While I have concentrated on external motivations for change in Acadian French in this section I obviously do not wish to imply that all change is so motivated. For instance, Ryan (1990) makes a strong case for internal motivation for the emergence of affricate variants of /t/ and /d/ in Prince Edward Island varieties, mentioned above.

George’s Bay 0 0 5 10 k m 5 m i. Map 7. Newfoundland Acadian Communities 14. This figure of 3000 is given in Thomas (1983: 50). Two trends tend to make it difficult to determine the actual number of francophones in western Newfoundland: a tendency to underreport French usage in government census up to at least the 1970s due to lack of prestige of the local variety and an opposite tendency to overreport the number of people who still speak French on the part of enthusiastic “preservers” of French language and culture.

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