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Le parler mixte népali-anglais : quelques éléments d'analyse descriptive à partir d'un corpus médiatique

Abstract : Our main purpose is to present the most salient features of the mixed Nepali-English sociolect which is frequently used in TV and radio broadcasts in Nepal. Our focus here will be laid upon the linguistic aspects of the mixed language. The verbal behavior of the ten speakers of our two-hour long corpus of transcribed TV and radio talk-shows cannot always be discussed in terms of linguistic proficiency, for this behavior is mostly acquired outside normative pressure. It is however crucial to pinpoint a few formal aspects and stylistic devices involved in the co-construction of meaning in such bilingual interactions. Rather than looking at such phenomena through the lens of hybridization caused by a supposed lack of linguistic competence (Nepali is not the first language of more than a half of the Nepalese population, but remains nevertheless the main lingua franca in most communication contexts in Nepal), our analysis aims at highlighting a series of means which are intended to convey meaning and to ensure intelligibility in bilingual conversations.
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Julian Vasseur. Le parler mixte népali-anglais : quelques éléments d'analyse descriptive à partir d'un corpus médiatique. Interplay : A journal of Languages, Linguistics and Literature, 2019, 5, pp.52 - 81. ⟨hal-02369127⟩

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