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The Vocabulary of Modern French : Origins, Structure and Function - Hilary Wise

The Vocabulary of Modern French

Origins, Structure and Function

Paperback Published: 24th July 1997
ISBN: 9780415117395
Number Of Pages: 270
For Ages: 15 - 18 years old

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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.

Industry Reviews

"Students of the French language will find in this wide-ranging textbook a mass of information and ideas. Teachers will appreciate its useful exercises and bibliographies. And there is food for thought here for all those who wish to improve their understanding of the vagaries and puzzles of the French vocabulary." -Theodore Zeldon, St. Anthony's College, Oxford

Prefacep. xi
Questions and Conceptsp. 1
Notesp. 22
The Lexical Foundations of Frenchp. 26
Les Racines Noblesp. 45
Further Readingp. 58
The Romance Contributionp. 59
English Influencep. 79
New Words for Oldp. 103
Cognitive Processes and Semantic Changep. 132
Further Readingp. 156
Lexis in Societyp. 157
Lexis in Contextp. 176
Further Readingp. 200
Argotp. 202
Codification, Control and Linguistic Mythologyp. 220
Further Readingp. 242
Bibliographyp. 244
Indexp. 253
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ISBN: 9780415117395
ISBN-10: 0415117399
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 15 - 18 years old
For Grades: 10 - 12
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 270
Published: 24th July 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.24 x 15.55  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 1