Social and Stylistic Variation in Spoken French

A comparative approach

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Many of the assumptions of Labovian sociolinguistics are based on results drawn from US and UK English, Latin American Spanish and Canadian French. Sociolinguistic variation in the French of France has been rather little studied compared to these languages. This volume is the first examination and exploration of variation in French that studies in a unified way the levels of phonology, grammar and lexis using quantitative methods. One of its aims is to establish whether the patterns of variation that have been reported in French conform to those reported in other languages. A second important theme of this volume is the study of variation across speech styles in French, through a comparison with some of the best-known English results. The book is therefore also the first to examine current theories of social-stylistic variation by using fresh quantitative data. These data throw new light on the influence of methodology on results, on why certain linguistic variables have more stylistic value, and on how the strong normative tradition in France moulds interactions between social and stylistic variation.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
ix
Introduction
1–11
Patterns of phonological variation
13–61
Socio-stylistic variation in French phonology
63–119
Grammatical variation
121–175
Variable liaison
177–207
Variation in the French lexicon
209–234
Summary and conclusion
235–243
Appendix
245–253
References
255–265
Index
267–277
Social and Stylistic Variation in Spoken French is a very welcome and important addition to our knowledge of the nature of the French language. Its strengths lie in the breadth and detail of its coverage, its comparative purview, its demonstration of the apparently anomalous nature of French linguistic behaviour, where variation on the stylistic scale exceeds that on the social scale, and in its theoretical sophistication as well as caution. No-one concerned with the quantitative sociolinguistic study of French can afford to ignore its contributions.”
“Currently the only study offering an overarching account of variable grammar in Metropolitan French, this book is a ‘must-read’ contribution to variationist sociolinguistics.”
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BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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