By Patrick Modiano
Quelle constitution familiale avez-vous connue ? J'avais répondu : aucune. Gardez-vous une photograph uniqueness de votre père et de votre mère ? J'avais répondu : nébuleuse. Vous jugez-vous comme un bon fils (ou fille) ? Je n'ai jamais été un fils. Dans les études que vous avez entreprises, cherchez-vous à conserver l'estime de vos mom and dad et à vous conformer à votre milieu social ? Pas d'études. Pas de mom and dad. Pas de milieu social. Préférez-vous faire l. a. révolution ou contempler un beau paysage ? Contempler un beau paysage. Que préférez-vous ? l. a. profondeur du tourment ou l. a. légèreté du bonheur ? l. a. légèreté du bonheur. Voulez-vous changer l. a. vie ou bien retrouver une harmonie perdue ? Retrouver une harmonie perdue.
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Wicked from Jamaican English (cf. Stockwell 2002) or chav from Romani (cf. Matras 2009). Slang as an example of very informal language is mostly a feature of speech and seldom appears in writing, which, as discussed in the next section, almost always demonstrates a more formal character than speech. 7. Spoken vs. written language A distinction which is very obviously connected with the previous section analysing register and style concerns the difference between speech and writing. It was specifically hinted at in the context of the mode, otherwise referred to as the channel of communication, used in the analysis of register.
The most neutral one, used when talking to strangers). , as in church liturgy or in a court hearing. Thus, to reiterate after O’Donnell and Todd (1991: 81), “style is involved only where choice is made between one term and another when both, in the context, refer to the same thing,” yet the speaker has to sense the degree of the context formality and sensitivity and choose the most suitable item of the two or more available. In the early sociolinguistic quantitative analysis of speech the issue of style was primarily discussed in connection with the amount of attention the speaker paid to his/her speech when participating in sociolinguistic interviews (cf.