volume 21, issue 2, P131-148 2010
DOI: 10.1017/s0959269510000293
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Abstract: ABSTRACTThis article explores sociolinguistic variation in the use of French accents and diacritics—where they would be expected in the formal written language—in electronic personals posted on an Internet dating site. Results of a series of VARBRUL analyses show both age (i.e., 18–25 years vs. 36–45 years) and gender to be significant social variables in accent/diacritic variation. Three potential explanations of the variation are addressed: (i) the eventual loss of accents and diacritics in computer-mediated…

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