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L'expression des émotions en anglais lingua franca chez les couples mixtes plurilingues francophones / swahiliphones

Abstract : Using a language that belongs to no one: this is the daily life of mixed plurilingual couples. English, the relationship's lingua franca, is therefore used to express everyday banalities as much as the most intense emotions. In Tanzania, a country where English is a foreign language more than a national idiom, I interviewed mixed French-speaking / Swahili-speaking couples who still use this language to be able to communicate. The couples' members, socialized in different native languages, have to use a foreign language to express their deepest and most intimate feelings. Nevertheless, it is not rare to hear anecdotes of plurilingual people explaning that they feel a sort of emotional detachment when they talk in their L2. Therefore, the question is: how do these mixed and plurilingual French-speaking / Swahili-speaking couples communicate with a third language - English ? Which strategies are they putting in place to succeed to express as accurately as possible their emotions using a language which is not the first for any of the partners?
Thanks to semi-structured interviews revealing the informants' subjectivities, it is possible to understand that the use of English is complex: sometimes enough (for love), sometimes imperfect (for humor), sometimes handicapping but efficient (for fights), English as a llingua franca is a precious help that despite everything has to be completed with verbal compensatory strategies (such as code-switching or the creation of a couple's tongue) and non-verbal ones (such as body language). The purpose of this dissertation is to understand how two people, engaged in a romantic relationship, are living their intimacy in a common foreign language and how English as a lingua franca, even if it is enough for these couples, remains imperfect.
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Simona Krstic. L'expression des émotions en anglais lingua franca chez les couples mixtes plurilingues francophones / swahiliphones. Linguistique. 2020. ⟨dumas-03219685⟩



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