A Sociolinguistic History of Parisian French by R. Anthony LodgeA Sociolinguistic History of Parisian French by R. Anthony Lodge

A Sociolinguistic History of Parisian French

byR. Anthony Lodge

Paperback | January 29, 2009

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Paris became the largest city in the Western world during the thirteenth century, and has remained influential ever since. This book examines the interlinked history of Parisian speech and the Parisian population through various phases of immigration, dialect-mixing and social stratification from the Middle Ages to the present. It reveals how new urban modes of speech developed during periods of expansion, how the city's elites sought to distinguish their language from that of the masses, and how a working-class vernacular eventually emerged with its own "slang" vocabulary.
Title:A Sociolinguistic History of Parisian FrenchFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.67 inPublished:January 29, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521100712

ISBN - 13:9780521100717

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Table of Contents

Part I. Preliminaries; Introduction; 1. 'The French of Paris'; 2. The analytical frame; Part II. The pre-industrial city; 3. The demographic take-off; 4. The beginnings of Parisian French; 5. The medieval written evidence; Part III. The proto-industrial city; 6. Social and sociolinguistic change, 1350-1750; 7. Variation in the Renaissance city; 8. Variation under the Ancien Regime; 9. Salience and reallocation; Part IV. The industrial city; 10. Industrial growth, 1750-1950; 11. Standardisation and dialect-levelling; 12. Lexical variation; Conclusion; Appendix; Bibliography; Index.

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"In this richly documented book, Lodge embarks on a bold, risky, yet compelling enterprise: attempting as plausible and comprehensive a reconstruction as possible of the history of Parisian French...the pedagogical approach chosen by the author is evidenced by the presence of a summary at the end of each chapter and of each part makes the reading and the understanding of the book easier and more enjoyable." Jean-Guy Mboudjeke, Dalhousie University