volume 14, issue 2, P91-112 2004
DOI: 10.1017/s0959269504001590
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Abstract: ab st rac tAlthough frequent reference is made to l'on as an alternative to on in standard grammars, judgements vary as to whether or not l'on is used at all in spoken French. This question is investigated here by treating l'on ∼ on as a sociolinguistic variable. A review of the historical, dialectal and cross-linguistic background is followed by an examination of the traditional 'rules' for the use of l'on, as described by Vaugelas and reconsidered by Goosse for written French. The frequency of l'on in speec…

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