Do you know what 'verlan' or French 'backslang' is? Was President Mitterand 'cAcblA (c)'? The French language is more than just a tool for communication; it has a crucial role to play in how native speakers of French think about the world and about themselves and their culture. This book helps students develop a systematic 'linguistic' approach to French. It covers the core topics, ranging from the structure and sounds of the language to discourse and everyday conversation. No previous knowledge of linguistics is assumed and a glossary of technical terms and many exercises and activities help reinforce key points. Students will find that their understanding and enjoyment of the French language is greatly enhanced by this book.
A unique and wide-ranging introduction to the structures and use of French language. Written with admirable clarity, it is a 'must' for all students of French linguistics.
Aidan Coveney, Department of French, University of
A lively textbook.
To be welcomed as offering a uniquely wide-ranging and stimulating introduction to the French language.
Rich array of illustrations...(with) general user-friendliness...the authors succeed in making broad stimulating statements that can be refined, rather than contradicted, in more advanced courses.
French Language Studies
|Lay-persons versus linguists||p. 1|
|Varieties of French||p. 14|
|Word formation and etymology||p. 32|
|Word meaning||p. 51|
|Describing French speech sounds||p. 70|
|Pronunciation beyond the individual sound||p. 93|
|French morphology||p. 115|
|French syntax||p. 136|
|Doing things with French||p. 155|
|Analysing discourse and everyday conversation||p. 171|
|Glossary of linguistic terms||p. 191|
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Series: German Texts
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 2nd May 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.72
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1