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Peculiarities of using demonstrative pronoun ça in the modern French language

[Les particularites de l’emploi du pronom demonstratif ça en français contemporain]

Aleksei A. Zaitsev – Dinara G. Vasbieva

DOI: 10.18355/XL.2020.13.01.15

The paper discusses the use of the clipped form of the demonstrative pronoun ça in the modern French language, and the issue of language change mechanisms as well. The study is implemented on the fictional works by the French writers of the second half of the 20th century and early 21st century. It also deals with decoding monological and dialogical genres of the modern French spoken language, performed within the framework of the project «The modern French language phonology». The study has revealed an extension of the scope of using the clipped form of demonstrative pronoun ça, that is displacing the synonyms cela and ce not only from direct, but also from indirect speech. Strengthening the neutralization process, when using demonstrative pronoun ça, used as a substitute for as cela and ce makes it possible to build up the language change mechanism chain.

Keywords: demonstrative pronoun ça, language change, colloquial speech, usage extension, modern French language

Pages: 194 - 203

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