The Vocabulary of Modern French: Origins, Structure and Function / Edition 1

The Vocabulary of Modern French: Origins, Structure and Function / Edition 1

by Hilary Wise
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415117399

ISBN-13: 9780415117395

Pub. Date: 08/20/1997

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The Vocabulary of Modern French provides a fresh insight into contemporary French.
With this book, Hilary Wise offers the first comprehensive overview of the modern French vocabulary: its historical sources, formal organisation and social and stylistic functions.
Topics covered include:

• external influences on the language

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Overview

The Vocabulary of Modern French provides a fresh insight into contemporary French.
With this book, Hilary Wise offers the first comprehensive overview of the modern French vocabulary: its historical sources, formal organisation and social and stylistic functions.
Topics covered include:

• external influences on the language

• word formation

• semantic change

• style and register
In addition, the author looks at the relationship between social and lexical change and examines attempts at intervention in the development of the language.
Each chapter is concluded by notes for further reading, and by suggestions for project work which are designed to increase awareness of specific lexical phenomena and enable the student-reader to use lexicographic databases of all kinds.
The Vocabulary of Modern French is an accessible and fascinating study of the relationship between a nation and its language, as well as providing a key text for all students of modern French.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415117395
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/20/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
270
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.57(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures, maps and tables
Preface
List of phonetic symbols and abbreviations
1Questions and concepts1
2The lexical foundations of French26
3Les racines nobles: borrowing from Latin and Greek45
4The Romance contribution59
5English influence: good neighbours or false friends?79
6New words for old: the derivational processes of French103
7Cognitive processes and semantic change132
8Lexis in society157
9Lexis in context176
10Argot: from criminal slang to la langue des jeunes202
11Codification, control and linguistic mythology220
Bibliography244
Index253

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