Phonological Variation in French

Illustrations from three continents

| Carleton University
| University of Oslo
| University of Osnabrück
ISBN 9789027234919 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027273185 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
This volume presents a selection of French varieties representing the great diversity of this language along geographical, social, and stylistic dimensions. Twelve illustrations from regions as far removed as Western Canada and Central Africa represent widely divergent social contexts of language use. Each chapter is based on original surveys conducted within the framework of the Phonology of Contemporary French project, described in the Introduction. These surveys constitute an invaluable source of new data for researchers, as many of the varieties included are otherwise undocumented in any systematic way. The chapters follow a similar format: presentation of the survey(s) and the sociolinguistic dimensions of the variety studied; description of the phonological inventory of the system(s), principal allophonic realizations, phonotactic constraints, behavior of schwa, behavior of liaison consonants, and other notable characteristics. The book opens with an informative introduction and closes with a chapter providing a synthesis of the major findings by continent.
[Studies in Language Variation, 11]  2012.  vii, 397 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction to phonological variation in French: Illustrations from three continents
Randall Gess, Chantal Lyche and Trudel Meisenburg
Part I. Africa
Chapter 2. A phonological study of French spoken by multilingual speakers from Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic
Guri Steien
Chapter 3. French in Senegal after three centuries: A phonological study of Wolof speakers’ French
Béatrice Akissi Boutin, Randall Gess and Gabriel Marie Guèye
Chapter 4. The phonological characteristics of French in Bamako, Mali: A sociolinguistic approach
Chantal Lyche and Ingse Skattum
Part II. Europe
Chapter 5. An overview of the phonological and phonetic properties of Southern French: Data from two Marseille surveys
Annelise Coquillon and Gabor Turcsan
Chapter 6.The variation of pronunciation in Belgian French: From segmental phonology to prosody
Philippe Hambye and Anne-Catherine Simon
Chapter 7. A study of young Parisian speech: Some trends in pronunciation
Anita Berit Hansen
Chapter 8. A phonological study of a Swiss French variety: Data from the canton of Neuchâtel
Isabelle Racine and Helene N. Andreassen
Part III. North America
Chapter 9. An overview of the phonetics and phonology of Acadian French spoken in northeastern New Brunswick (Canada)
Wladyslaw Cichocki
Chapter 10. Laurentian French (Quebec): Extra vowels, missing schwas and surprising liaison consonants
Marie-Hélène Côté
Chapter 11. “Cajun” French in a non-Acadian community: A phonological study of the French of Ville Platte, Louisiana
Thomas A. Klingler and Chantal Lyche
Chapter 12. Laurentian French phonology in a majority setting outside Québec: Observations from the PFC Hearst Ontario Study
Jeff Tennant
Chapter 13. Albertan French phonology: French in an anglophone context
Douglas C. Walker
Chapter 14. Phonological variation in French: Unity and diversity across continents
Chantal Lyche, Trudel Meisenburg and Randall Gess
Varieties and geographical names
Subjects and key notions
“By adopting a similar structure for all chapters, the authors have succeeded in presenting scores of data in a readily comprehensible way. Each major section features French as spoken in a monolingual (Europa), bilingual (North America) and multilingual (Africa) context; individually, each survey offers an unprecedented look into the phonological system of selected varieties of French.”
“Cette très belle somme, solide et vaste, laisse espérer des suites aussi fructueuses, afin de compléter un panorama si brillamment entamé. Elle semble inviter par ailleurs à de nouvelles collaborations.”
“Pour le public non-francophone qui s’intéresse à la variation du français parlé sur les trois continents couverts, le livre est assurément la meilleure source de renseignement.”
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFH – Phonetics, phonology
BISAC Subject: LAN009050 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Sociolinguistics
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