Norm and Ideology in Spoken French

A Sociolinguistic History of Liaison

Authors: Hornsby, David

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  • Offers an in-depth and wide-ranging examination of liaison, a key variable phenomenon in spoken French
  • Takes into account both contemporary theories of language ideology and language variation and change, as well as corpus data
  • Addresses new and emerging areas such as the current discussion of diglossia in French
  • Tests evidence for French exceptionalism in respect of sociolinguistic theory
  • Considers liaison from both diachronic and synchronic perspectives
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This volume offers a diachronic sociolinguistic perspective on one of the most complex and fascinating variable speech phenomena in contemporary French. Liaison affects a number of word-final consonants which are realized before a vowel but not pre-pausally or before a consonant. Liaisons have traditionally been classified as obligatoire (obligatory), interdite (forbidden) and facultative (optional), the latter category subject to a highly complex prescriptive norm. This volume traces the evolution of this norm in prescriptive works published since the 16th Century, and sets it against actual practice as evidenced from linguists’ descriptions and recorded corpora. The author argues that optional (or variable) liaison in French offers a rich and well-documented example of language change driven by ideology in Kroch’s (1978) terms, in which an elite seeks to maintain a complex conservative norm in the face of generally simplifying changes led by lower socio-economic groups, who tend in this case to restrict liaison to a small set of traditionally obligatory environments.

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David Hornsby is a Senior Lecturer in French at the University of Kent, UK.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Norm and Ideology in Spoken French
Book Subtitle
A Sociolinguistic History of Liaison
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-49300-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-49300-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-49299-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 230
Number of Illustrations
79 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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