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French: From Dialect to Standard

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Written as a text, this book looks at the external history of French from its Latin origins to the present day through some of the analytical frameworks developed by contemporary sociolinguistics. French is one of the most highly standardized of the world's languages and the author invites us to see the language as heterogenous, rather than a monolithic entity, using the ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published March 4th 1993 by Routledge
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R. Anthony Lodge's book here aims to overturn conventional myths about the rise of standard French as the gradual “refinement” of the language, the creation of something objectively wonderful. Using the framework of sociolinguistics, he shows how the language has evolved under shifting social and political pressures, and French today is simply the outcome of the French monarchy's gradual expansion over the whole of the country as we know it today, and the subsequent institutionalized linguistic ...more
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