The digital shift affects literary culture greatly – everyone writes in their everyday life and nowadays information is conveyed not only through printed word but also through quickly written texts or pictures on the internet. This research group examines how contemporary French is changing from this point of view. In France, the literary norm is typically greatly valued and the consensus seems to be still in favour of conserving and nurturing the normative French language. Our question is, is this highly literary culture in France moving back towards more spontaneous culture of producing texts in which “orthodox” conventions of written language are being replaced by others, such as features from spoken language. We study the syntactic and textual features of everyday literary language.

Key words:

  • French language
  • Normativity
  • Literacy
  • Literary language



Soili Hakulinen (UTA)

Meri Larjavaara (Åbo Akademi)