Datapoint French / Polar Questions

Discuss WALS Datapoint French / Polar Questions.

2 Responses to “Datapoint French / Polar Questions”

  1. Anni Says:

    Hey,
    why did you classify French as a question particle language with est-ce que, if intonation and inversion is used way more often?

    Kind regards,
    Anni

  2. Hubert Says:

    Anni:
    That’s regional… In Canada, nowadays the most common question formation strategies use particles (”Est-ce qu’il vient?”, “Il vient-tu?”), and occasionally intonation only. Inversion is now rare in spoken language and sounds very formal (a recent development). I’m not sure for the Paris region spoken language, but I’ve read a paper saying that it was following the same trend (though it’s not as advanced).

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