Canadian English usage : focus on syntax

Title: Canadian English usage : focus on syntax
Author: Albu, Rodica
Source document: The Central European journal of Canadian studies. 2005, vol. 5, iss. [1], pp. [31]-55
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    1213-7715 (print)
    2336-4556 (online)
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Canadian English can be called as such on political grounds. Linguistically, however, it is included in the North American English continuum and, more precisely, shares a number of regional features with the northem diaslect of US speech. What about usage preferences among Canadian Anglophones? As in previous papers (Albu 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005) I have tried to answer this question, this time focusing on the syntactic compartment, by processing and interpreting the results of a sociolinguistic questionnaire administered in urban Ontario in 2000. The data analysed in this paper are divided into three groups: (1) verba, that is, verb phrase structures and related clause patterns; (2) nomina, that is, noun phrase structures (3) instrumenta, that is, the choice of prepositions and conjunctions in particular phrases. Just as in the spelling, pronunciation and vocabulary compartments, the "American" options are occasionally complemented by "British" preferences. In terms of subjective evaluation, the idea of a link to British English rather than American English is present with a considerable number of respondents.
L'anglais canadien peut être nommé ainsi en invoquant des raisons politiques. Du point de vue linguistique, il est inclus dans le continuum de l'anglais nordamericain. Mais que peut-on dire des préféerences des anglophones canadiens? Comme dans les ouvrages anterieurs (v. Albu 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005), nous avons essayé de répondre à cette question en nous axant cette fois-ci sur la syntaxe par l'interprétation des résultats d'une anquête sociolinguistique fite dans la zone urbaine d'Ontario en 2000. Les données analysées dans cet étude sont divisées en trois groupes: (1) verba - les structures des expressions verbales et des patterns propositionels; (2) nomina - les structures des expressions nominales; et (3) instrumenta - le choix des prépositions et dess conjunctions dans certains expressions. Tout comme dans le domain de la prononciation et du vocabulaire, aux options "americaines" s'associent occasionellement des préférences "britanniques". Quant à 1'évaluation subjective, l'idée de la prédominance de l'anglais britannique se retrouve chez un nombre important d'informateurs.
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