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Social and Linguistic Change in European French
 
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Social and Linguistic Change in European French
 
 
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30 Jul 2010
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The authors examine how linguistic variation and change in the major French-speaking countries of Europe – France, Belgium and Switzerland – has in recent times reflected social convergence or 'levelling'. Linguistic levelling, which results in fewer differences between social and regional accents and diminishes the prestige of the standard language, is seen very clearly in a country like the UK, where social differences are revealed in urban accents, or have been until recently. Levelling reflects social change, and the change of interest here is a sort of informalisation that has accelerated since the 1960s, with stress on the values of youth and the erosion of hierarchies and deference. An in-depth examination of how levelling is proceeding in the francophone area compared to other European countries has until now been lacking. This book provides a detailed account of recent social and linguistic change in European French, drawing on the latest findings.


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The authors examine how linguistic variation and change in the major French-speaking countries of Europe – France, Belgium and Switzerland – has in recent times reflected social convergence or 'levelling'. Linguistic levelling, which results in fewer differences between social and regional accents and diminishes the prestige of the standard language, is seen very clearly in a country like the UK, where social differences are revealed in urban accents, or have been until recently. Levelling reflects social change, and the change of interest here is a sort of informalisation that has accelerated since the 1960s, with stress on the values of youth and the erosion of hierarchies and deference. An in-depth examination of how levelling is proceeding in the francophone area compared to other European countries has until now been lacking. This book provides a detailed account of recent social and linguistic change in European French, drawing on the latest findings.


Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
Preliminary Remarks: The Links Between Social and Linguistic Change
Standardisation and Language Change in France, Belgium and Switzerland
Social Levelling: Substantive Transformations, Changing Social Practices and Symbolic Representations
Accents and Levelling in France, Belgium and Switzerland
The Levelling of Regional Varieties in France
Regional Vernacular Varieties and Language Levelling in Belgium and Switzerland
Social Factors: Bringing Together Class, Gender, Migration, Ideology and Language
References
Index


Authors

NIGEL ARMSTRONG teaches French and linguistics at the University of Leeds, UK. Current research projects focus on social, regional and stylistic variation in French, as well as translation. His publications include Social and Stylistic Variation in Spoken French (2001) and Translation, Linguistics, Culture (2005)

TIM POOLEY. After a career spanning 30 years teaching French and linguistics at London Metropolitan University (in its various guises) Tim is now an independent researcher, whose main interests are sociolinguistics variation and minority languages in francophone Europe. His publications include Chtimi (1996) and Language, Dialect and Identity in Lille (2004)