French Today: Language in its Social Context

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British and French linguists present a profile of the French language in its social context by examining trends throughout the French-speaking world and addressing issues regarding prescriptivism, gender and language, and regional languages and dialects.
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"The whole thing was well planned and well executed. This is good, sound, professional stuff." Canadian Journal of Linguistics

"...perhaps the most interested reader would be the researcher in language planning with a special interest in the French-speaking world; in fact, for such a reader, the text may well be uniquely useful. Anthropologists who do fieldwork in any of the French-speaking countries will find the book moderately useful as well...." Anthropological Linguistics

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521395052
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/8/1993
  • Pages: 337
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures and maps
List of tables
Notes on the contributors
Introduction 1
1 French: a planned language? 7
2 Sociosituational variation 27
3 Regional variation in France 55
4 The other languages of France: towards a multilingual policy 85
5 The migrant languages of Paris 105
6 Gender and language in French 121
7 The reform of the writing system 139
8 Alternative French 155
9 New words for new technologies 171
10 Language and style in politics 185
11 French and French-based Creoles: the case of the French Caribbean 199
12 French in Africa 215
13 French in Canada 239
14 Sociolinguistic variation and the linguist 257
Bibliography 287
Index 309
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