The Representation of Parisian Speech in the Cinema of the 1930s

The Representation of Parisian Speech in the Cinema of the 1930s

by Michael Abecassis




This study is based on an analysis of videos and transcripts of five films Fric-frac, Circonstances atténuantes, Le Jour se lève, La Règle du jeu and Hôtel du Nord. These films are examples of planned and artificial language. The book looks at the evidential value of these data and assesses the extent to which stereotyped and scripted language can contribute to an understanding of spoken Parisian usage by looking at phonetics, syntax, discourse, lexis and pragmatics. By comparing traditional research carried out by scholars in the nineteenth century and earlier with Parisian data collected and analysed by twentieth-century researchers, the work attempts to identify the salient features that both script-writers and actors in these films considered to be characteristic of social-group differences at that time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783039102600
Publisher: Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
Publication date: 07/20/2005
Series: Modern French Identities Series , #33
Pages: 409
Product dimensions: 5.91(w) x 8.66(h) x (d)

About the Author

The Author: Michaël Abecassis is the Instructor of French at the University of Oxford and a lecturer at Wadham and University College, Oxford. His publications include articles in linguistics, grammar and French cinema.

Table of Contents

Contents: French linguistics – Sociolinguistics – Parisian vernacular – 1930s French cinema.

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