French Language Policies and the Revitalisation of Regional Languages in the 21st Century

Editors: Harrison, Michelle, Joubert, Aurélie (Eds.)

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  • Provides a critical overview of republican values and French political approach to language
  • Gathers a wide range of languages, approaches and concepts about regional languages in France
  • Provides an analysis of the evolution of French regional languages and their communities
  • Demonstrates the need for institutionalism and support for linguistic minorities in France
  • Investigates the difficulties in delimiting appropriate classifications and norms for regional languages
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This edited volume presents an analysis of the evolution of French language policies and their impact on French regional languages and their communities. It gathers studies on language revitalisation from several territorial minority languages (Breton, Alsatian, Catalan, Occitan, Basque, Corsican, Francoprovençal, Picard, Reunionese) and evaluates the challenges and opportunities that they face in the 21st century. The chapters tackle different aspects of language endangerment and language planning and adopt varied theoretical and methodological approaches. The first section of the book reconsiders the difficulties in establishing linguistic boundaries and classification for some regional languages. The second section examines the important theme of the new generation of speakers with issues of transmission and identity formation and the changes they can bring to traditional communities. The third section highlights new developments in the context of new technologies and the heightened visibility of regional languages. Finally, the last section presents an overview of the contemporary situation of minority language revitalisation in France and synthesises the key trends identified in this volume: from the educational domain to the European Charter for Minority and Regional languages. This book will appeal to students and scholars of the sociology of language, sociolinguistics, language policy, minority languages and language endangerment.

About the authors

Michelle A. Harrison is Teaching Fellow in French Studies at the University of Leicester, UK. She has published on regional language-in-education policy and the evolution of language beliefs in Alsace.
Aurélie Joubert is Lecturer in French Studies at Queen’s University Belfast, UK. She has published on language endangerment and transnational speakers’ attitudes in particular with respect to Occitan and Catalan.

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“At a time when the traditional regional and minority languages of France find themselves in a state of increasing language obsolescence, this volume provides an essential critical analysis of the policy constraints that inhibit revitalisation efforts in the French context, with the aim of integrating future endeavours to reverse language shift into an existing set of Republican values and ideologies.” (Damien Mooney, Lecturer in French Linguistics, University of Bristol, UK)

“For the student of French dialectology and of France, the country’s policies on its regional languages cannot fail to be absorbing. This volume offers a near-comprehensive treatment by leading scholars of the linguistic, cultural and political aspects of the subject. The book represents the state of the art, and will be of interest to advanced students and teachers alike.” (Nigel Armstrong, Senior Lecturer in French, University of Leeds, UK)

Table of contents (15 chapters)

Table of contents (15 chapters)
  • Introduction: Shifting Dynamics in French Language Policies

    Pages 1-34

    Harrison, Michelle A. (et al.)

  • Linguistic Classification: The Persistent Challenge of the

    Pages 37-62

    McCrea, Patrick Seán

  • Opposition to the Process of Language Identification and Standardisation in ‘Limousin Occitan’ and ‘Poitevin-Saintongeais’

    Pages 63-82

    Dourdet, Jean-Christophe

  • Challenging Diglossic Models: Translingual Practice in La Réunion

    Pages 83-104

    Bremner, Natalia

  • Evolution of Linguistic Identity in a Super-Region: The Case of Catalans and Occitans in

    Pages 107-128

    Joubert, Aurélie

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
French Language Policies and the Revitalisation of Regional Languages in the 21st Century
Editors
  • Michelle Harrison
  • Aurélie Joubert
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-95939-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-95939-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-95938-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXV, 346
Number of Illustrations
20 b/w illustrations
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