volume 18, issue 3, P365-381 2008
DOI: 10.1017/s0959269508003505
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Abstract: ab st rac t Our paper examines lexical variation in the spoken French of second language learners and focuses on words referring to the notion of 'automobile' (i.e., automobile, auto, voiture, char and machine). Results reveal that while students do follow the native speaker pattern of using the neutral variant auto in most instances, they diverge from native speakers by making no use of the vernacular form char and relatively high use of the prestige variant voiture. The principal external factors that influ…

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