Sociolinguistic Variation in Contemporary French

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  • Editors: Kate Beeching1, Nigel Armstrong2, and Françoise Gadet3
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 2009
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027288998

Divided into three main sections on Phonology, Syntax and Semantics, this new volume on variation in French aims to provide a snapshot of the state of sociolinguistic research inside and outside metropolitan France. From a diatopic perspective, varieties in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Africa and Canada are considered, mainly with respect to phonological features but also focusing on syntactic and lexical evolutions (the relative clause in Ivorian French and discourse markers in Canadian French). The acquisition of stylistic features of French figures in chapters on both first and second language learners and variation across different genres is addressed with respect to non-standard non-finite forms. Finally, a section on semantic change traces the way that interactional and other socio-historical factors affect word meaning. The volume will appeal to (socio-)linguists with an interest in contemporary French as well as to advanced undergraduates and post-graduate students of French and specialists in the field.

Subjects: Theoretical linguistics; Sociolinguistics and Dialectology; Romance linguistics

  • Affiliations: 1: University of the West of England, Bristol; 2: University of Leeds; 3: Université de Paris Ouest Nanterre la Défense

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