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French -From Dialect to Standard
Author: R. Anthony Lodge
Illustrations : 19 maps
Master eBook ISBN10 : 0-203-15814-8
Master eBook ISBN13 : 978-0-203-15814-2
No of pages : 296
eBook Price : $47.95
Originally Published : 4 Mar 1993
This book looks at the external history of French from its Latin origins to the present day through some of the analytical frameworks developed by contemporary sociolinguistics. Although French is one of the most highly standardised of the world's languages and the author invites us to see the language as heterogeneous, rather than a monolithic entity. After an introductory section which examines the dialectalisation of Latin in Gaul, the four central chapters of the book are constructed around the basic processes involved in standardisation as identified by E. Haugen: the selection of norms, the elaboration of function, codification and acceptance. These provide a useful grid for relating developments in French with those in other languages. The concluding chapter deals with language variability and the wide gulf that has now developed between French used for formal purposes and that used in everyday speech, and suggests that standardisation is an on going rather than a finite process. Concentrating on ordinary speakers of the language, rather than the statesmen or great authors as agents of change, the book combines a traditional `history of the language' approach with a sociolinguistic framework to provide a broad and comparative overview of the problem of language standardisation.
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Table of contents : 1. Introduction 2. The Latinisation of Gaul 3. The Dialectalisation of Gallo-Romance 4. Selection of Norms 5. Elaboration of Function 6. Codification 7. Acceptance 8. Maintenance of the Standard References
"And for somebody brought up on Elcock and von Wartburg, as I was, this book comes as a very welcome breath of fresh air. It interprets developments in the history of French in a framework provided by recent sociolinguistic theory and reconstructs bits of the history of French in the light of that theory. In doing this it provides a coherence to the study of the history of French which is often lacking in other works. It does this, moreover, in an extremely readable manner; the reader is aware of the underlying scholarship but it never becomes intrusive; and there is a sense of interest in the data which it takes beyond the mundane textbook."Laurie Bauer, Victoria University of Wellington