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A Sociolinguistic History of Parisian French

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  • Date Published: May 2006
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  • isbn: 9780511189135

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  • Paris mushroomed in the thirteenth century to become the largest city in the Western world, largely through in-migration from rural areas. The resulting dialect-mixture led to the formation of new, specifically urban modes of speech. From the time of the Renaissance social stratification became sharper as the elites distanced themselves from the Parisian 'Cockney' of the masses. Nineteenth-century urbanisation transformed the situation yet again with the arrival of huge numbers of immigrants from far-flung corners of France, levelling dialect-differences and exposing ever larger sections of the population to standardising influences. At the same time, a working-class vernacular emerged which was distinguished from the upper-class standard not only in grammar and pronunciation but most markedly in vocabulary (slang). This book examines the interlinked history of Parisian speech and the Parisian population through these various phases of in-migration, dialect-mixing and social stratification from medieval times to the present day.

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    • Date Published: May 2006
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511189135
    • contains: 19 maps 22 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • 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.

  • Author

    R. Anthony Lodge, University of St Andrews, Scotland
    R. Anthony Lodge is Professor of French Language and Linguistics at the University of St Andrews. He is the author of Le Livre des Manières d'Etienne de Fougères (1979), Le Plus Ancien Registre de comptes des Consuls de Montferrand (1985), French: From Dialect to Standard (1993), Exploring the French Language (With N. Armstrong, Y. Ellis and J. Shelton, 1997) and The Earliest Branches of the Roman de Renart (With K. Varty, 2001).

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