Author: Wendy Ayres-Bennett, University of Cambridge
Hardback: ISBN: 052182088X Pages: 280 Price: U.S. $ 95.00
Drawing on a range of case studies, this systematic study demonstrates the variety of language usage in seventeenth-century France, a time considered to be the most "standardizing" in the history of French. Variation is analyzed in terms of gender, age and socio-economic status, or by the medium, register or genre used. The case studies present phonological, morphological, syntactic and lexical issues, posing a range of methodological questions for sociolinguists and historical linguists.
*First ever study of sociolinguistic variation in seventeenth-century France
*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
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