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It's Been Said Before

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How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

Academic Paper

Title: The emergence of Noun + Noun constructions with a regressive order in contemporary French?
Author: Rudy Loock
Institution: Université Lille - Nord de France
Linguistic Field: Syntax
Subject Language: French
Abstract: This paper investigates the emergence of atypical noun+noun structures exhibiting regressive order (head-final or N) in contemporary French such as la grève attitude (‘the strike attitude’) or la Marcelle solidarité (‘the Marcelle solidarity’). Using attested examples drawn from contemporary media, the aim of the paper is to provide a detailed description and history of these data, as well as to study its productivity through the emergence of patterns such as la N attitude or la N Academy/Académie. Using traditional tests, the paper also investigates the morphological versus syntactic nature of the construction and concludes in favour of the former.


This article appears IN Journal of French Language Studies Vol. 23, Issue 2.

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