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LINGUIST List 24.2554

Mon Jun 24 2013

Diss: French, Ling & Literature: Wissner: 'Les diatopismes du français en Vendée et leur utilisation dans la littérature...'

Editor for this issue: Xiyan Wang <xiyanlinguistlist.org>

Date: 24-Jun-2013
From: Inka Wissner <inkawissnergmx.net>
Subject: Les diatopismes du français en Vendée et leur utilisation dans la littérature: l’œuvre contemporaine d’Yves Viollier
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Institution: Université Paris Sorbonne - Paris IV
Program: Langue française
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2010

Author: Inka Wissner

Dissertation Title: Les diatopismes du français en Vendée et leur utilisation dans la littérature: l’œuvre contemporaine d’Yves Viollier

Linguistic Field(s): Ling & Literature

Subject Language(s): French (fra)

Dissertation Director:
André Thibault
Christian Schmitt

Dissertation Abstract:

This doctoral dissertation studying the use of French regionalisms, or
diatopicisms, in literature, is situated in the fields of variationist
linguistics and of discourse analysis. The study offers a detailed
description of the concepts and current terminology in the recent
discipline of Francophone differential linguistics as well as in the
related branches of French discourse analysis, and pays particular
attention to the methods applied in the identification of diatopic elements
and the interpretation of existing sources – completed by field studies
conducted by the author – as well as for an appropriate discourse analysis
of diatopicisms in literature.

Developing a new sociopragmatic paradigm, the author analyses the
strategies that present meta-linguistically highlighted diatopicisms and
their textual distribution in order to interpret what these procedures say
obliquely about the diatopicisms in terms of their pragmatic and
sociolinguistic characteristics. The large corpus analysis is presented in
the form of dictionary articles, based on the most recent model developed
in French differential lexicography, and enriched by sociopragmatic sections.

The author analyses the totality of the highlighted diatopicisms in the
twenty-six popular novels of Yves Viollier which belong to the latter’s
sociolinguistic community (Vendée). The study shows that the strategies
highlighting diatopicisms in the analysed novels, published from 1972 to
2009 – realist and partly regionalist – are relatively rare. The ethos of
the novelist’s home region is partly created by the use of diatopicisms –
but this is achieved through original choices, rather than largely shared

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