Le Franglais: Forbidden English, Forbidden American: Law, Politics and Language in Contemporary France: A Study in Loan Words and National Identity

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A study of the attempt by French politicians to use the law to forbid the use of words of English and American origin. Classifies some of these words and lists expressions in current use in America and England which are particularly difficult to render in French, comparing these with some equally untranslatable French turns of speech.
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A study of the attempt by French politicians to use the law to forbid the use of words of English and American origin. Classifies some of these words and lists expressions in current use in America and England which are particularly difficult to render in French, comparing these with some equally untranslatable French turns of speech.
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Thody (French, U. of Leeds) describes the attempt by French politicians to forbid by law the use of words of English and American origin. He presents examples of common expressions in the English language for concepts that are particularly difficult to render in French, considering such realms as business, politics, food and drink, the arts and sports, and youth and entertainment. In turn he discusses the French words used in English for the same reason. Paper edition (unseen), $25.00. Distributed in the US by Humanities Press. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780485114768
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Series: Studies in the Early History of Britain
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 8.68 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Arguments 7
1 From the language of politics to the politics of language 9
2 Loan words, nationalism and the law 43
3 Law, loan words and history 71
Pt. II Examples 101
a Business, commerce and politics 110
b Food, drink and travel 173
c The arts, the media and sport 200
d Youth, clothes and entertainment 236
Pt. III French words in use in English 275
a History, politics and diplomacy 280
b Food, drink and fashion 282
c Art, literature and language 284
d Intellectual, physical, social and sexual behaviour, personal characteristics and intellectual distinctions 286
Bibliography 289
Index 294
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