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Title: Anglo-American influence on contemporary French lexis : the role of domain, text type and register
Author: Dowling, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary
ISNI:       0000 0004 5372 5830
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2014
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This thesis explores the role of the variables of domain, text type and register on the use of various lexical categories which display some degree of Anglo-American influence. The influence of English on French has been strong in recent years and one consequence is the existence of a large number of loanwords in the current French lexis. This in turn has led to the establishment of measures designed to protect the French language from excessive word borrowing from English, and to promote the use of native lexical resources in a range of contexts. Such measures include two pieces of language legislation restricting loanword use, and the creation of a number of terminology Commissions whose purpose is to promote native terminology. The thesis therefore examines the use of loanwords, native terms designed to replace these items and other lexical categories displaying Anglo-American influence in a range of domains, text types and registers in French today, in order to identify the role of these variables and the influence they exert on the type of lexis employed. The corpus-based approach adopted in the study allows for both quantitative and qualitative analysis, in order to provide as detailed a study as possible and to address the research questions of the project. Analysis focuses on the proportions and types of lexical item found in the various domains and text types examined, while further discussion concerns linguistic information regarding Anglo-Americanisms, the lexical category of primary importance. While some variables are not found to exert much of an influence on the use of particular lexical categories, others are important in determining the type and proportional distribution of item found. I will argue that variables such as domain and text type influence the use of Anglo-Americanisms and other lexical categories in contemporary French.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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