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Sociolinguistic Variation in Seventeenth-Century France
Methodology and Case Studies

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  • Date Published: February 2010
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521129039

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  • This book provides a systematic study of sociolinguistic variation in seventeenth-century France. Drawing on a range of case studies, Wendy Ayres-Bennett makes available data about linguistic variation in this period, showing the wealth and variety of language usage at a time that is considered to be the most 'standardising' in the history of French. Variation is analysed in terms of the speaker's 'pre-verbal constitution' - such as gender, age and socio-economic status - or by the medium, register or genre used. As well as examining linguistic variation itself, the book also considers the fundamental methodological issues that are central to all socio-historical linguistic accounts and, more importantly, addresses the question of what the appropriate sources are for linguists taking a socio-historical approach. In each chapter, the case studies present a range of phonological, morphological, syntactic and lexical issues, which pose different methodological questions for sociolinguists and historical linguists alike.

    • Upon original publication the first study of sociolinguistic variation in seventeenth-century France which is still important in its observations today
    • Of interest both to specialists in linguistics and in French history
    • Considers a broad range of sociolinguistic issues relating to language variation in seventeenth-century France, such as gender, socio-economic status, age, register and genre
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    Review of the hardback: '… a truly unique, rich and precise encyclopaedic work …' Estudios de Sociolinguistica

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    • Date Published: February 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521129039
    • length: 280 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: methodological issues
    2. Spoken and written French
    3. Social and stylistic variation
    4. Women's language
    5. Age, variation and change
    6. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Wendy Ayres-Bennett, University of Cambridge

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