A Sociolinguistic History of Parisian French

A Sociolinguistic History of Parisian French

by R. Anthony Lodge
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521821797

ISBN-13: 9780521821797

Pub. Date: 04/28/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Paris became the largest city in the Western world during the thirteenth century, and has remained influential ever since. This book examines the interlinked history of Parisian speech and the Parisian population through various phases of immigration, dialect-mixing and social stratification from the Middle Ages to the present. It reveals how new urban modes of speech…  See more details below

Overview

Paris became the largest city in the Western world during the thirteenth century, and has remained influential ever since. This book examines the interlinked history of Parisian speech and the Parisian population through various phases of immigration, dialect-mixing and social stratification from the Middle Ages to the present. It reveals how new urban modes of speech developed during periods of expansion, how the city's elites sought to distinguish their language from that of the masses, and how a working-class vernacular eventually emerged with its own "slang" vocabulary.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521821797
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2007
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. Preliminaries; Introduction; 1. 'The French of Paris'; 2. The analytical frame; Part II. The pre-industrial city; 3. The demographic take-off; 4. The beginnings of Parisian French; 5. The medieval written evidence; Part III. The proto-industrial city; 6. Social and sociolinguistic change, 1350–1750; 7. Variation in the Renaissance city; 8. Variation under the Ancien Regime; 9. Salience and reallocation; Part IV. The industrial city; 10. Industrial growth, 1750–1950; 11. Standardisation and dialect-levelling; 12. Lexical variation; Conclusion; Appendix; Bibliography; Index.

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