Journal of French Language Studies

The acquisition of sociolinguistic competence in French as a foreign language: an overview

a1 French Department, Birkbeck College, University of London, 43 Gordon Square, London, WC1 0PD, e-mail:

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The present contribution presents an overview of studies in French as a second (L2) and/or foreign language that consider the effects of extralinguistic variables (mostly instructional, experiential and situational factors) on the development of sociolinguistic competence. It focuses specifically on variation between informal and formal variants in phonology, morphology, morpho-syntax and the lexicon.

(Received February 2004)
(Revised June 2004)