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Sociolinguistics and Contemporary French - Dennis Ernest Ager

Sociolinguistics and Contemporary French

Paperback Published: 11th February 1991
ISBN: 9780521397308
Number Of Pages: 280

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This textbook deals with the ways in which French is used in different circumstances and settings in France and abroad, with the language attitudes of French speakers and with language policy. It is concerned to examine not only the linguistic data, but also the social, political and economic environment in which contemporary French is used. At the same time it offers an introduction to contemporary sociolinguistic theory, methods and results.

After a brief historical introduction and a review of approaches to regionalism, Professor Ager looks at such questions as the conflicts between standard French and regional languages such as Breton; the changing role of French in the world; the distinctiveness of social and professional varieties such as the language of the working class, scientists or immigrants; and language variation correlating with interactional factors such as formality or medium. A final chapter deals with language attitudes, with language policy and language planning.

This lively introduction sets language information in its social context and shows how to investigate and evaluate both language variation and the social and political reaction to it. It will be welcomed by students and teachers alike.

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"...does a superb job of reviewing and synthesizing a wide range of information about language and society in France and in the French-speaking world...will be of considerable interest to scholars and teachers not only of French linguistics, but also of French cultural studies." William J. Ashby, Canadian Journal of Linguistics

Glossary of termsp. x
Sociolinguisticsp. 1
Langue and parole: system and datap. 1
Individual and group variationp. 2
Variation and correlationp. 3
Language as cooperationp. 5
Languages in contactp. 7
Languages in competitionp. 8
Language planning and controlp. 9
France and the Frenchp. 10
French to 1600p. 10
Modern Frenchp. 13
France and the Frenchp. 14
Overviewp. 18
Dialects of the Northp. 19
Zone 3p. 20
Zone 2p. 21
Zone 1p. 22
Regional Frenchp. 22
Dialectology and sociolinguisticsp. 26
Sociolinguistics and regional variationp. 28
Occitan: historyp. 37
Occitan: politicsp. 42
Occitan: language and the sociolinguistic situationp. 43
Regional languages
Alsatianp. 50
Historyp. 50
Politicsp. 52
Languagep. 53
Basquep. 60
Historyp. 60
Politicsp. 61
Languagep. 62
Bretonp. 64
Historyp. 64
Politicsp. 66
Language and culturep. 69
Catalanp. 73
Historyp. 73
Politicsp. 74
Languagep. 74
Corsicanp. 75
Historyp. 75
Politicsp. 76
Languagep. 77
Flemishp. 79
Historyp. 79
Politicsp. 79
Languagep. 80
French abroad
Historical situationp. 82
Countries, regions and territoriesp. 86
Europep. 86
Near Eastp. 89
North Africap. 89
Sub-Saharan Africap. 91
West Indiesp. 92
Pacific and Indian Oceansp. 94
Indochinap. 96
North Americap. 96
Canadap. 97
Historical situationp. 97
Quebec: corpus and status planningp. 99
Quebec: French regional and social varietiesp. 102
Quebec: attitudes of speech communitiesp. 103
Attitudes and policies in Francep. 104
Attitudes and policies abroadp. 109
French in international organisationsp. 110
Social variation: age and sex
Agep. 113
Children's languagep. 114
Adults and the oldp. 118
Sexp. 118
Social categories
Models of societyp. 126
Social class in Francep. 127
Upper- and lower-class usagep. 135
Pronunciationp. 136
Lexisp. 137
Syntaxp. 138
Stylep. 139
Interpretations of social-category differencesp. 140
The outsider
Jewsp. 144
Historical situationp. 144
Present situationp. 146
Linguistic situationp. 147
Gypsiesp. 148
History and present situationp. 148
Languagep. 151
Armeniansp. 152
History and present situationp. 152
Languagep. 153
Other immigrantsp. 154
History and present situationp. 154
Language(s)p. 157
Social outcastsp. 159
Present situationp. 159
Languagep. 160
Social variation: occupations
Professional discoursep. 163
Tasks and groupsp. 163
Analysis of professional discoursep. 165
The study of language at workp. 166
Legal languagep. 168
Sourcesp. 168
Characteristicsp. 169
Attitudesp. 173
Science and technologyp. 175
Sourcesp. 175
Characteristicsp. 176
Text typesp. 179
French and English in scientific languagep. 180
Control of scientific languagep. 182
Commerce and managementp. 182
Sourcesp. 182
Characteristicsp. 186
Approaches and methodsp. 194
The communication situationp. 195
Monologue and group interactionp. 198
Monologuep. 198
Group interactionp. 200
The structure of dyadic interactionp. 201
Purposeful interactionp. 201
Conversationp. 203
Formality levelsp. 208
Stereotypesp. 208
T/V oppositions and forms of addressp. 209
Written and spoken differencesp. 210
Differences of codep. 211
Other differencesp. 212
Registersp. 213
Language policy
Historical overviewp. 218
French opinions and attitudesp. 222
Awareness of language questionsp. 222
The general publicp. 223
Politiciansp. 226
Intellectualsp. 227
Linguistsp. 231
Pressure groupsp. 235
A language crisis?p. 236
The normp. 238
Contemporary language legislationp. 241
General language lawsp. 241
Terminology arretesp. 242
Ministerial control in educationp. 243
Contemporary official language policyp. 244
1981-1986p. 244
The Chirac governmentp. 245
The Rocard governmentp. 246
Language control and support mechanismsp. 246
Indexp. 250
Bibliographyp. 254
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ISBN: 9780521397308
ISBN-10: 0521397308
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 11th February 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.01 x 15.37  x 1.83
Weight (kg): 0.46

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