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A morphosyntactic analysis of the verb group in Cajun French

Show simple item record Smith, Jane S., 1956- en_US 2009-10-06T21:29:17Z 2009-10-06T21:29:17Z 1994 en_US
dc.identifier.other b29909818 en_US
dc.identifier.other 31025728 en_US
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dc.description Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Washington, 1994 en_US
dc.description.abstract Languages from differing language families spoken in enclave communities in various parts of the world have been found to exhibit similarities in what is viewed as a 'simplification' of their structures vis-a-vis their corresponding standard dialects (Maher 1985). One of the aspects considered to contribute to a more 'simplified' structure is the replacement of synthetic structures by analytic ones. Analyticity and syntheticity have played a role in language typology, and the cycle is of particular interest in the Romance languages, where Latin is considered the synthetic language par excellence, while French is generally regarded as being highly analytic in comparison. Schwegler (1990) redefines analytic and synthetic, predicating these notions on the spoken, as opposed to the written, language.This dissertation analyzes the verb group, consisting of the subject and object clitics and the verb, of Cajun French, an enclave language spoken in Louisiana, that has been isolated from the influence of Standard French for some 200 years. The analysis is based on Schwegler's (1990) new definitions of analyticity and syntheticity, which are especially appropriate for this dialect because it has no written form. The data reveal that Cajun French shares many common features with Informal Spoken French, and the net result is that Cajun French is far more synthetic than an analysis based on the written standard would yield. en_US
dc.format.extent vi, 233 p. en_US
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dc.subject.other Theses--Romance languages and literature en_US
dc.title A morphosyntactic analysis of the verb group in Cajun French en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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