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French Today : Language in its Social Context - Carol Sanders

French Today

Language in its Social Context

By: Carol Sanders (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 30th April 1993
ISBN: 9780521395052
Number Of Pages: 338

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French Today is a profile of the French language in its social context. British and French linguists examine trends in French throughout the French-speaking world, and address issues around prescriptivism, gender and language, and regional languages and dialects. The collection includes overviews of work done in particular areas and deeper analyses of sociolinguistic questions. One theme is how to represent and interpret data relating to language varieties that have been marginalised. Another concerns the ways in which French is adapting to the future, whether as a language of new technology, or as a vehicular language on the continent. All chapters of this book are in English, with examples and quotations in French, and a mixture of references given in both languages. At the end of each chapter, there are also texts in French, serving as illustration and as pointers to further reading.

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"The whole thing was well planned and well executed. This is good, sound, professional stuff." Canadian Journal of Linguistics "...perhaps the most interested reader would be the researcher in language planning with a special interest in the French-speaking world; in fact, for such a reader, the text may well be uniquely useful. Anthropologists who do fieldwork in any of the French-speaking countries will find the book moderately useful as well..." Anthropological Linguistics

List of figures and mapsp. ix
List of tablesp. x
Notes on the contributorsp. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
French: a planned language?p. 7
Sociosituational variationp. 27
Regional variation in Francep. 55
The other languages of France: towards a multilingual policyp. 85
The migrant languages of Parisp. 105
Gender and language in Frenchp. 121
The reform of the writing systemp. 139
Alternative Frenchp. 155
New words for new technologiesp. 171
Language and style in politicsp. 185
French and French-based Creoles: the case of the French Caribbeanp. 199
French in Africap. 215
French in Canadap. 239
Sociolinguistic variation and the linguistp. 257
Bibliographyp. 287
Indexp. 309
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ISBN: 9780521395052
ISBN-10: 0521395054
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 338
Published: 30th April 1993
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.62