Article published in:History of Linguistics 2008: Selected papers from the eleventh International Conference on the History of the Language Sciences (ICHoLS XI), 28 August - 2 September 2008, Potsdam
Edited by Gerda Haßler
[Studies in the History of the Language Sciences 115] 2011
► pp. 435–448
L’espace linguistique en voie de (dé)multiplication
Constituting a technical rearrangement of a valued linguistic space, the codification of one of the linguistic possibilities offered is the corollary of the extension of the public space beyond the immediate sphere of the actors. The spatial spheres in which the actors move about in their daily lives differ from each other and consequently influence their appropriation of space. A person’s relationship to the world is conditioned historically and socially. Using French dialectology as basis, this article aims to study the manner in which space conveys the linguistic values in the changing society at the turn of the 19th to 20th century. Consideration of the extralinguistic factors – ethnographic, geographic, and historical – allows us to comprehend the topographical distribution of linguistic facts and to study the disappearance of a linguistic space of an agrarian and settled world due to the homogenizing pressure exerted by the standard language. The increasing verticalization of community structures has an impact on the reduction of linguistic spaces. The reconfiguration of the linguistic space influences the perception of the language by the actors.
Article language: French
Published online: 22 April 2011