Prescription vs. praxis: The evolution of future temporal reference in French

@article{Poplack2009PrescriptionVP,
  title={Prescription vs. praxis: The evolution of future temporal reference in French},
  author={Shana Poplack and Shana Nathalie Dion},
  journal={Language},
  year={2009},
  volume={85},
  pages={557 - 587}
}
Because many of the forms participating in inherent variability are not attested in the standard language, they are often construed as evidence of change. We test this assumption by confronting the standard, as instantiated by a unique corpus covering five centuries of French grammatical injunctions, with data on the evolution of spontaneous speech over an apparent-time span of 119 years.Reasoning that forms salient enough to have attracted the attention of grammarians were likely widespread in… CONTINUE READING

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