Linguistic Change in French by Rebecca PosnerLinguistic Change in French by Rebecca Posner

Linguistic Change in French

byRebecca Posner

Hardcover | August 1, 1997

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What is French and how has it changed over time? Can we distinguish language history from historical linguistics, and language change from linguistic change? These questions are explored using copious material from the history of the French language, concentrating on changes in the relativelymodern period in particular. Posner explains how change comes about and how changes at different levels of language interact, and the role of sociological and ideological factors is set against the internal mechanisms that trigger change. This work makes a substantial contribution to the theory oflinguistic change, as well as to discussion of the relationship between language and history in French-speaking areas, including Canada and French Creole-speaking countries.
Professor Rebecca Posner has been Professor of Romance Languages, University of Oxford and a Fellow of St Hugh's College since 1978. She was made Professor Emeritus in 1996. Previous to this, she was Professor of Romance Languages, University of Ghana, 196365; Reader in Language, University of York, 196578; Visiting Professor of Romanc...
Title:Linguistic Change in FrenchFormat:HardcoverDimensions:532 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.38 inPublished:August 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198240368

ISBN - 13:9780198240365

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Defining the Domain2. Sociolinguistic History of French3. Processes of Linguistic Change4. Lexical Change5. Semantic Change6. Phonological Change7. Morphological Change8. Syntactic ChangeIn Place of a ConclusionBibliography

Editorial Reviews

`a very interesting book in which the author shares the fruits of a long and distinguished career of research and reflection on the French language ... this is one of the most interesting and thought-provoking books on the linguistic history of French to have been published in recent years, areal tour de force.'William J. Ashby, Journal of French Language Studies